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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do wrinkle-relaxers (neuromodulators) work?

A: Neuromodulators work by relaxing the muscle under the skin and preventing the contraction of that muscle. The skin over the muscle no longer contracts and existing wrinkles become smoother or disappear depending or if they are static or dynamic in nature.

Q: How long do the effects of wrinkle-relaxers (neuromodulators) last?

A: The initial effect appears in about 2-4 days and the final effect is visible in 2 weeks. The effects last 3-4 months. With regular use, the effects can last longer.

Q: How do dermal fillers work?

A: Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the skin and lessens with age. Dermal fillers immediately add volume to the area injected and over time take on water to keep the area hydrated and revitalized. 

Q: How long do dermal fillers last?

A: Dermal fillers last between 6 and 12 months.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: Anti-wrinkle injections use a very small needle and involve a small amount of discomfort which varies depending on the area injected. For dermal fillers, a topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment and the filler solution contains xylocaine that will further numb the area injected.

Q: What is the downtime?

A: There is no downtime for either treatment however your injector will go over post-care instructions which involve avoiding certain activities for the first 24-48 hours of injections. Most people can go back to work immediately after.

Q: Will there be bruising or redness?

A: As with any trauma to the skin redness is a natural reaction. The amount of redness depends on how close your small blood vessels are to the surface of the skin and only lasts for the first few minutes post-injection. Bruising is more common with dermal fillers as they are administered deeper into the tissue. Certain medications and supplements can make bruising more prominent. Therefore it is important that you let your injector know about all medications and prior medical history during your initial consultation. 

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