For three to five days before your appointment, you should temporarily stop using any medications or supplements that cause blood thinning side effects, unless otherwise directed by your primary care physician.
For example, you should stop using supplements such as vitamin E, ginkgo, and fish oil, and you should avoid medications such as aspirin. It's also important to temporarily stop using chemical exfoliants and retinoids for a few days before your treatment to minimize the risk of skin irritation.
After your treatment, it's imperative that you do not touch your face or put any pressure on any treatment area. This means no scrubbing, rubbing, or sleeping on your face. It's recommended to sleep with your head elevated for the first few days to get the best results from your treatment. You should also avoid hot water, steam, irritating skin care products, and direct sunlight for at least one week.
It usually takes seven to 10 days to see optimal results after your treatment. This is about as long as it takes for the neurotoxin formula to settle into your muscles and activate. You may notice that your results gradually improve as the neurotoxin begins preventing major facial muscle contractions.
One of the many misconceptions about neurotoxin injectables is that the use of these treatments will stop you from feeling or moving your face. However, neurotoxins target motor neurons, not neurons responsible for sensation. This means that you will still be able to feel your face after your treatment. After the neurotoxin settles into your facial muscles, you will also be able to make mild or subtle facial expressions.
Most of the time, the results of a neurotoxin injectable will last for three to four months. Most people have touch-up appointments about three times a year to maintain their desired results.
That said, people who have certain lifestyle habits may need to have treatments more frequently. For example, athletes, active people, smokers, and people who consume alcohol regularly may need treatments more frequently because their bodies burn off the botulinum toxin faster than people who do not have these lifestyle habits.
When these neurotoxins were first released on the market, the target patient was between the ages of 40 and 50, which is when more signs of visible aging on the face are most apparent. However, people in their 30s are using this treatment today to prevent or slow down the visible signs of aging. Ultimately, any age you want to use the treatments is the best age to book an appointment.
Because it will take several days for your results to be visible, it's best to schedule your treatment at least two to four weeks before any special occasions in your life. You can have this treatment at any time of the year.
Good candidates for neurotoxin injectables include people who are not allergic to botulinum toxin, people who do not have a history of hyperpigmentation or skin scarring, and women who are not breastfeeding or currently pregnant. Candidates for this treatment include all ages, genders, skin tones, and skin types.
If you have never used this treatment before, then you will need to attend a consultation where we will analyze your skin concerns to ensure that this treatment is most appropriate for your aesthetic concerns and your lifestyle. You may also need to complete a simple allergy test to ensure the treatment is safe for you.