Are you tired of wrinkles and fine lines that make you look older than you feel? Do you want a more youthful appearance without resorting to invasive surgery? If so, you may have heard about neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. These injectable treatments are known for their ability to smooth out wrinkles and give you a more refreshed look. But if you’re considering a neuromodulator treatment for the first time, you may wonder what the experience is like and what you can expect. That’s where we come in!
We’ll walk you through what to expect during and after a neuromodulator treatment, so you can feel confident and informed before taking the plunge. So, let’s get started on your journey to a more youthful you!
What are Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators are a type of injectable treatment that can be used for various purposes, including cosmetic treatments. These treatments work by blocking nerve impulses to specific muscles in the face, which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are the most well-known neuromodulators in cosmetic treatments. Each of these treatments uses a slightly different formula, but they all work similarly to relax the muscles in the targeted area temporarily.
- Botox: It is produced from a refined version of botulinum toxin. Botox is a well-known brand of neuromodulators that temporarily paralyze specific muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Dysport: Another brand of neuromodulators made from a different form of botulinum toxin that works similarly to Botox to smooth out facial wrinkles and lines.
- Xeomin: A third brand of neuromodulators that is a pure form of botulinum toxin without any additives or other proteins, which can reduce the risk of allergic reactions and produce more consistent results.
Neuromodulators are most commonly used to treat wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes (crow’s feet). While neuromodulator treatments are often associated with a “frozen” or unnatural appearance, they can create subtle and natural-looking results when performed correctly.
During the Neuromodulator Treatment
Pre-treatment preparation and consultation
Before your neuromodulator treatment, you’ll typically have a consultation with a licensed professional at Kendall Esthetics, who will examine the areas you want to treat and discuss the goals you want to achieve. During this consultation, you should also discuss any medical conditions or medications you are taking and any previous cosmetic treatments you may have had.
The injection process and what to expect during treatment
A fine needle will be used to inject the neuromodulator into the targeted muscles during the injection process. You may feel a tiny pinch or sting during the injection, but most people find the pain tolerable. To minimize discomfort, your licensed professional may apply numbing cream or ice to the treatment area before the injection.
Pain management during the procedure
You can discuss pain management options if you’re concerned about pain during the procedure. Some people find that taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen before the procedure can help to reduce discomfort. Others may benefit from the use of numbing cream or ice.
Duration of the procedure and how long it takes
The entire procedure typically takes 15-20 minutes, depending on the size and number of treated areas. After the injection, you can usually return to your normal activities immediately. However, your licensed professional may recommend avoiding strenuous exercise or rubbing the treatment area for a few hours after the procedure.
After the Neuromodulator Treatment
After your neuromodulator treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. These effects are typically mild and should subside within a few hours. Some people may also experience a slight headache or a feeling of tightness in the treated area.
Post-treatment care instructions
To maximize the effects of your neuromodulator treatment and minimize the risk of side effects, your healthcare professional may provide you with some post-treatment care instructions. These may include avoiding alcohol and blood-thinning medications for a few days after the procedure, avoiding strenuous exercise or hot temperatures for a few hours after the injection, and avoiding rubbing or massaging the treated area.
Potential side effects and how to manage them
You should know specific potential side effects even though neuromodulator treatments are often safe and well-tolerated. Headache, bruising, redness, swelling, and momentary numbness or weakness in the treated region are a few of these possible side effects. Any side effects you experience are expected to go away in a few hours or days. If you develop more severe side effects, such as trouble breathing or swallowing, you should immediately consult a medical professional.
How long does it take to see the full effects of neuromodulators?
The effects of neuromodulators are typically seen within a few days of the injection and can last 3-4 months, depending on the individual and the specific product used. Over time, the effects may last longer as the targeted muscles become conditioned to relax. It’s vital to understand that while neuromodulators can aid in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, they cannot altogether remove them, and a number of treatments may be required to maintain the desired effects.
How often should you get neuromodulator treatments?
To maintain the results of your neuromodulator treatment, you may need to schedule touch-up appointments every 3-4 months. Your licensed professional can help you determine the best schedule for your needs.
In addition to touch-up appointments, there are also several options for maintenance. One option is to use dermal fillers in combination with neuromodulators to achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation effect. Another option is to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as quitting smoking, wearing sunscreen, and managing stress, to prolong the results of your treatment.
Ready to Schedule Your Neuromodulators Treatment? Here’s What to Do Next
While neuromodulators are generally considered safe and effective, consulting with a licensed professional is essential to determine if they are right for you. A qualified provider can evaluate your needs and goals and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the best results.
Contact us at Kendall Esthetics today if you’re considering neuromodulators as a cosmetic treatment. Our experienced licensed professionals can evaluate your needs and goals and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the best results. As a trusted provider of cosmetic treatments, we will always make sure that you look and feel your best!