The tell-tale signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines, can appear anywhere on the face and can worsen with time. Jeuveau therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating these conditions, and here at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, we offer this treatment in a relaxing setting with one of our trained and skilled practitioners.
Safe and non-invasive, this therapy normally takes only a matter of minutes and can be used to treat a number of different areas. It can also be suitable at a younger age as a preventative measure to stop wrinkles and lines from forming. So whether you’re in your 20s and looking to prevent skin issues before they start, or older and wanting to revitalize your appearance, here’s how Jeuveau therapy works and why the age you start treatment matters.
How Does Jeuveau Therapy Work?
Jeuveau is the name brand for a medication called botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles. This therapy involves injecting this medication into the face or other nearby muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It works by preventing muscle contractions and stimulating collagen, both of which can help the skin by giving it a smoother texture that is less prone to the signs of aging.
What Is the Best Age for Getting Jeuveau Injections?
While adults can get Jeuveau at any age, your reasons for wanting treatment are what’s important. Some of our patients prefer to take a preventative approach to their skincare needs and begin treatment at earlier ages before wrinkles or lines become noticeable, while others wait until they have issues before scheduling treatment. So the ideal age for getting treatment depends on whether you’re taking a preventative or corrective approach.
Wrinkles and lines can show up at any age, so you can take preventative measures to stop them from forming at both younger and older ages. However, most patients who take this approach prefer to start in their late 20s or early 30s, just before these skin issues begin to develop. Jeuveau is capable of preventing the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production in treated areas and by retraining the facial muscles to contract less.
If you’re taking a corrective approach, this means that you’re waiting until fine lines or wrinkles are visible before seeking care. Those who choose this approach normally begin treatment in their mid to late 30s, when frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, or other common signs of aging first appear. Even in your 30s, 40s, or older ages, the corrective measures you take can prevent lines and wrinkles from worsening.
What Happens During Treatment?
Before starting this therapy, there’s an initial consultation where we’ll want to discuss your skincare goals, your expectations for treatment, and which areas you’d like treated. During this time, we’ll also assess any lines or wrinkles you’re unsatisfied with so that we can ensure that you receive an optimal dosage of medication for each treated area.
Some other things we may discuss with you or go over include:
- Current medications you’re taking
- Your medical and surgical history
- Lifestyle factors that affect the skin
During your therapy session, we’ll first thoroughly sanitize the areas to be treated before injecting the medication. We’ll then carefully inject the Jeuveau while you’re sitting down, which normally takes less than 10 minutes, though the timeframe can vary based on how many areas or muscles we’ll be treating.
The needles we use are microneedles, which are much smaller than the types typically used to draw blood. Therefore, it’s normally a painless process that most patients respond well to. Some muscles may only require a single injection, while larger muscles may require multiple injections.
Is There Any Downtime?
Unlike surgeries or other forms of treatment, there’s no downtime or recovery period after your therapy. You should be able to return to work or regular everyday activities immediately, though there are a few precautions you’ll want to take, including the following:
Don’t Rub Treated Areas
You’ll want to refrain from rubbing or massaging the treated areas for the first few days after treatment. During this time, the medication is still working its way into the target muscles, and rubbing these areas can weaken the overall results of treatment by spreading the medication away from its intended locations.
Avoid Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol, either just before or after treatment, can thin the blood and dilate blood vessels, which can also reduce the overall effectiveness of the therapy. Each muscle we treat is specifically targeted, and because alcohol thins the blood, this can move the medication beyond the injected muscles. It’s therefore a good idea to avoid alcohol for the first 24-48 hours after your appointment with us as well as 48 hours before treatment.
No Strenuous Exercise
While light exercise is perfectly fine and recommended, you’ll want to avoid any strenuous exercise for the same reasons you’ll want to avoid rubbing the treated areas. Heavy exercise can disperse the medication away from the treated sites, leading to either less overall effectiveness or results wearing off more quickly over time.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of this therapy typically last three to four months before more treatments will be needed, though this can vary for different reasons. Your diet, metabolism, skin type, lifestyle, and sun exposure can all play a role in how long the medication lasts, as it’s broken down and removed from the body over time.
Those who prefer to have regular preventative treatments normally schedule their appointments every three to four months, when the effects of the medication begin to wear off. However, many have noticed the effects tend to last longer after the first one to two years of treatment, as the muscles relax and become more responsive to treatment. So those who start out with regular corrective treatments may later be able to wait a bit longer between appointments before returning for additional injections.
What Can This Therapy Treat?
As Jeuveau is capable of treating fine lines and wrinkles on the face, there are many areas and conditions that it can be used on. Some of the more common types of skin conditions that our patients seek treatment for include:
The vertical lines found between the eyebrows are called glabellar lines, but most people simply know them as frown lines. While these lines may be noticeable with certain facial expressions at a younger age, they become more permanent and prominent with older age.
Also known as worry lines, forehead lines are caused by the frontalis muscle, which often contracts when you’re making a serious face. Although this muscle is a large one, multiple injections of this medication are usually very effective at treating it, which leads to a reduction of these lines.
The horizontal lines that are found on the outer sides of both eyes are called both crow’s feet and smile lines. They often become noticeable around the age 40 for most people, though they can develop at younger ages as well. This treatment is commonly used to treat these fine lines by relaxing the orbicularis oculi muscle, leading to a younger appearance when smiling.
Despite their cute nickname, bunny lines can make a person feel insecure about their looks, as they appear as straight or diagonal lines in the center of the face directly on the nose. The nasalis muscle is responsible for the lines, though it’s normally very responsive to treatment.
While lip lines are much more common in those older than 50, they can be a self-esteem killer at any age when they do show up. These are the vertical lines that appear directly above the lips and below the nose. With a few tiny injections, these lines are often easily addressed and can be managed over time with regular treatments.
While the lines already mentioned are the most commonly treated types, this therapy can be an effective solution for virtually any wrinkles or lines that are associated with aging. So whether you’re suffering from marionette lines, pebble chin, or another type, we can assess your condition during the initial consultation to see if this therapy is right for you.
Schedule Your Consultation
Jeuveau is a safe and effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles and can be used on many different areas of the face and body. To see what this therapy can do for you, contact us today at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule your initial consultation, and get ready to feel great about your looks again.