Looking in the mirror, have you ever wished you looked as young as you felt? Jeuveau at Launa Stone, RN in Calabasas, CA allows you to do just that. It is a great substitute for other neurotoxins, such as Botox, and represents the latest breakthrough in anti-aging science. Today, our experts discuss how fast medication starts to work (and how to make it work faster).
How Soon Do You See Results From Jeuveau?
Jeuveau is unique in that it begins working almost instantly. The effects of the injections vary from person to person, but most people experience benefits within two to three days. The results of other neuromodulator injections may not be evident for seven to ten days, making this treatment a real step up.
What About Final Results?
Again, this is dependent on the individual. The final effects of treatment, though, are usually seen about four days or 96 hours after the injections. In some cases, it may take up to a week to see the final results of these injections, depending on your individual factors.
Speeding Up Results
Can you do anything to make Jeuveau work faster? The good news is: absolutely! If you massage the treated area a bit, but only after the first 24 hours after injection, and if you exercise the treated muscles the day after your injections, you can speed up the results. Don’t massage or press on the area during the first day, however, and we’ll explain why in a moment.
Exercising the Treated Muscles
A few hours are needed for the medication to settle into your muscles and stop the communication between your brain and your muscles. Exercise can accelerate the appearance of treatment results, however. Exercise helps the medication take effect faster by spreading it evenly and thoroughly.
Where Can Jeuveau Be Used?
Using this medication, you can effectively treat glabellar lines, which form between your brows and are also sometimes called 11 lines. Additionally, it can be used to remove moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds around your eyes, the ones we often call crow’s feet, that are exacerbated when you make facial expressions.
This treatment can also be used to smooth away those deep, horizontal lines that extend from the corners of your mouth and deepen when you smile. Your nasolabial folds may also be erased by this medication, depending on what causes them. If collagen loss is the problem, we have other treatments that will help more than this one.
How Long Do the Results of Treatment Last?
Jeuveau results can last for five to six months. This contrasts with alternative neuromodulators, which can only provide results for three to four months at most. Any anti-aging treatment, however, has varying durability depending on the individual. The results of neurotoxic protein injections may fade more quickly in people with more hyperactive muscles than in people with mild-to-moderate hyperactivity.
How to Extend Results
You can do several things to prolong the effects of your treatment. By scheduling regular maintenance sessions, your muscles will remain healthy without being hyperactive. When muscles don’t contract very often, they ‘atrophy’. So, even if you miss a maintenance session after a while, your muscles will be weaker and less hyperactive, which will make wrinkles less noticeable. You should also limit your exposure to heat and sunlight and avoid applying pressure to your face for 24 hours. Here’s what you need to know:
Don’t Rub Your Face for 24 Hours
It takes time for the protein to penetrate deep into your muscles and begin working, even though it works quickly. Keep the treatment area free of excessive pressure for 24 hours so the protein isn’t inadvertently pushed away from the target area.
During the first 24 hours following your treatment, we strongly recommend that you avoid wearing makeup. It is possible that, inadvertently, you will apply too much pressure to your face later in the day when removing your makeup. It is best to sleep on your back rather than your side or stomach to avoid gravity’s pressures as well as the weight of your head on your face during the first night after treatment. Sleep however you wish the following night.
Avoid Too Much Heat
You can also extend the longevity of your treatment by avoiding heat. Heat can damage the neurotoxic protein that is injected under your skin. In the first 72 hours following your treatment, if you get the treatment area too hot, you will not get the best results. Keeping the treatment area cool will also ensure your results last as long as possible.
If you want your Jeuveau injections to last as long as possible, wearing sunscreen is just as important as scheduling a follow-up appointment or avoiding heat. Premature aging is caused in part by sun damage.
This has nothing to do with neurotoxic protein injections directly, but neurotoxic protein injections treat wrinkles caused by muscle hyperactivity. The sun damages collagen and reduces its production, causing your skin to weaken and actively working against your neurotoxin treatment. Wear at least a 30 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen at all times. That’s what’s best for your skin no matter what treatments you’ve had.
Schedule Regular Maintenance Sessions
You can increase the longevity of your results by scheduling regular treatment sessions. The frequency of your maintenance sessions will depend on how hyperactive your muscles are, the number of injections you received, and where you received them.
Five months after your first session, you’ll know how often you’ll need maintenance sessions. At the five-month mark, schedule a maintenance session for six months if your results have not yet faded. Maintenance sessions are designed to maintain muscle function without hyperactivity. If your results have faded, schedule a follow-up appointment right away.
Preparing for Treatment
We need to know your medical history and any allergies you may have before beginning this non-invasive treatment. If you have any medical conditions, please inform us as well. In a moment, we’ll discuss how this information will help us determine whether you are a good candidate.
Your doctor can help you understand whether stopping certain medications would be safe, if we determine you are otherwise a good candidate for treatment. For three days prior to your treatment, you must refrain from taking NSAIDs, MAOIs, blood-thinning medicines, and some nutritional supplements. Your primary care physician must approve any stoppage of treatments like these. Two weeks before treatment, you should also stop drinking alcohol and smoking and refrain from these activities for a few weeks after treatment for best results.
What to Expect After Treatment
There is no downtime following this treatment since it is non-invasive. This means that you can return to work and your regular routine. In the 24 hours following your session, you should avoid wearing makeup, however. Putting on makeup is not a problem in itself, but removing it might be problematic if you accidentally apply too much pressure.
During the first few days following your treatment, refrain from engaging in vigorous exercise. Exercise vigorously and you could have your results fade faster if you get too hot. Excessive heat reduces the efficacy of injections. Exercise should also be avoided after treatment because it increases your blood pressure. Keep your blood pressure in check by:
- Limiting salt
- Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
- Minimizing caffeine
- Not working out
Am I a Good Candidate?
Individuals over 18 years of age who are physically and mentally healthy are the best candidates for the use of this prescription medication. If you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have a history of neuromuscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis, you will not be considered a good candidate for this treatment.
This treatment is also not recommended if you already have an infection or if you have had one within the past two weeks. Our initial consultation will include a discussion of your medical history, current health status, and any allergies you have to make sure the treatment is suitable for you. If we determine this isn’t the right treatment for you, we can recommend something that will work better for your needs.
Talk to Us Today
In just 96 hours after injections, you will see the full results of Jeuveau injections; and the initial results are visible almost immediately. Contact us at Launa Stone, RN in Calabasas, CA to book an appointment and find out more. We can’t wait to help you achieve your goals!