Neuromodulators

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE NEUROMODULATORS?

Neuromodulators, such as Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®, are all FDA-approved prescription medicines from the family of botulinum toxins that are injected into muscles to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When you smile, frown or make other facial expressions, the muscles contract under the skin. The consistent movement of those muscles draws the skin together and causes it to become less elastic. The result turns into frown lines and wrinkles. When injected into muscles, the neuromodulators blocks nerve impulses from activating the muscles, so the skin above may appear relaxed and the lines/wrinkles will begin to soften..

WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

Neuromodulators can be used to treat Glabella (11's) /forehead, upper face, crow's feet, brow, nasal tip, lip area, lower face, masseter and armpits (hyperhydrosis).

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS & RISKS?

Like any other treatment, there are side effects to neuromodulators. Some of these side effects include slight bleeding, bruising or tenderness at injection site(s), mild tension headache. Rare but potential side effects include neck pain, vision problems and drooping eyelid/eyebrows. These effects are temporary and usually resolve within a few weeks. Please consult with your provider before beginning any treatments.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS?

Depending on Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, you may begin to see visible smoothing as early as 3-4 days after injection. The median first onset of effect is less than a week. The maximum effect is between 14 to 30 days. The duration of effect is from 3 to 5 months depending on individual patients. Regular treatments can lead to longer lasting effects.

Your Visit

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

One Week Prior 

  • Avoid taking medications or supplements that thin the blood—Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and any NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory agents such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Naproxen). Please consult with your primary care physician/practitioner prior to discontinuing any medications. 

 

2 Days Prior

  • (Optional) You may start pre-treating with Arnica. It may help to lessen bruising and/or swelling.

 

24 Hours Prior

  • Do not drink alcohol. 

  • Avoid caffeine.

DAY OF YOUR VISIT

  • Please arrive at the office with a "clean face"—makeup-free and washed

  • A topical anesthetic or "numbing cream" may be applied to the treatment area to maximize your comfort. Please arrive on time as this process may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. 

  • Hydrate.

AFTER YOUR VISIT

  • Maximum effect of the Botox®/ Dysport®/ Xeomin® may take up to 2 weeks.  

  • Cool compresses may be used to decrease bruising or discomfort. Use minimal pressure when applying compress to avoid migration of Botox®/ Dysport®/ Xeomin®. 

  • May take Tylenol/acetaminophen per bottle instructions, as needed for tension headaches

  • May use topical or oral Arnica for bruising

  • For 4-6 hours after your treatment, DO NOT: 

    • Exercise or take long walks (*Please refrain from high intensity exercise for 48 hours) 

    • Touch, apply pressure, or massage the treated area (apply makeup lightly) 

    • Wear tight fitting hats, shower caps, or swimming caps 

    • Wash or blow dry hair upside down for prolonged periods of time  

    • Lie down flat or lean forward for a prolonged period of time

Warning: If excessive swelling or signs of infection occur, please contact the office immediately. (Moderate swelling immediately post treatment is normal). Signs of infection include: 

  • Drainage that looks like pus

  • Increased warmth and/or redness around the treatment area 

  • Significant tenderness or pain around the treatment area 

  • Fever - Temperature of 100.5F or greater