Neuromodulators (Botox®) San Diego, CA
A neuromodulator is the medical term for brands such as Botox®, Dysport, and Jeuveau. These brands contain botulinum toxin, which is created by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This toxin has been processed and manufactured to provide a controlled dose that can be injected into muscles where its mechanism of action starts.
Aftercare For neuromodulators Treatments
Allow two weeks for the full effect to take place. Mild asymmetry during this period is normal. Remain upright for the first 4 hours post-injection. Avoid heavy lifting, sweating, or exercise for 24 hours. Avoid saunas or hot tubs for the first 24 hours. Do not touch or rub injection site for 24 hours. Avoid facials or other facial cosmetic procedures for 2 weeks. If your upper lip was treated, you will not be able to drink through a straw, whistle, or enunciate some words for approximately 2 weeks. Arnica, an herbal supplement found over the counter can reduce healing time. Although rare, infection in the injected area is possible. Signs of infection may include redness and tenderness in the infected area and fever.
“A whole new look”
BOTOX TREATMENTS BEFORE & AFTER
Botulinum toxin improves the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscle it is injected into, thereby preventing the contraction of that muscle. This prevents the overlaying skin from wrinkling and developing imprinted lines over time. When our face animates and moves, these wrinkled areas (most commonly between the eyebrows, across the forehead, and on the sides of the eyes) eventually create imprinted wrinkles, which can appear even during rest. Neuromodulators can be injected into the muscles in these areas to prevent expressions that form these lines.
The decision of when to start neuromodulators will vary from person to person and how strong your facial muscles are. Some people have very strong facial muscles, which can develop lines and wrinkles earlier than others.
The best way to view the use of a neuromodulator is to PREVENT the formation of imprinted lines in the skin. As the skin creases with expression, these creases get deeper and deeper until they become permanent. Starting your neuromodulator treatments early can prevent these creases from becoming permanent. If you already have imprinted lines, it can also help improve them by allowing the skin to rest and repair where these creases are.
Neuromodulators can be expected to last about three months before they gradually wear off and muscle function returns to normal. An important factor to note with the duration of neuromodulators is the total dose given. We must remember that the dose affects the duration of the medication. If a smaller dose than recommended is given, the results can be expected to wear off sooner. Your medical provider will discuss the appropriate dose needed to achieve the desired effect and duration you wish to achieve.