How to Avoid Negative Effects with Botox
When engaging in the war against wrinkles and lines, some casualties can be expected. So how can we avoid negative effects with Botox? Botox® is one of the best weapons in the battle against aging skin, it can also leave behind a temporary look of being battle-weary. Though in the minority, some patients experience bruising, swelling, lumps and bumps around the site of injection. There are a variety of things patients can do, both pre- and post-treatment to help diminish any mild or moderate negative effects. Before you undergo Botox injections in New York, follow your aesthetician’s instructions and try the following:
Before Botox® Injections:
- Discuss the medications you take on a regular basis with your cosmedical spa staff and doctor as some of them may interfere with your body’s ability to heal properly. Some medications to be cautious of include aspirin, ibuprofen and Excedrin. Herbals and supplements to avoid include St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E, gingko biloba and ginseng.
- Avoid drinking alcohol for two days prior to treatment.
- Avoid ingesting garlic for one to two days before.
- If you suffer from cold sores around the mouth or near the injection site, it is advisable that you indulge this information before your session is scheduled. An anti-viral medication can help you prevent an outbreak.
During Your Botox® Appointment:
- Talk with your specialist about whether numbing cream would be beneficial during your treatment. Not only will you be more comfortable during the procedure but some creams help constrict blood vessels, lessening the likelihood of bruising.
- Ask for ice to apply at the end of treatment.
After Your Botox® Injection Appointment:
- Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours.
- Do not exercise, other than simple walking, before 48 hours after treatment. Avoid being in an inverted position that sends blood to the head – as in yoga.
- Stay out of the sun and heat until your initial redness and swelling have subsided.
- Where some injectables do better with gentle massaging, Botox injection sites should be left alone. Avoid poking, prodding, squeezing or massaging your face during this time.
- Take Tylenol for pain but avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or Aleve.
- Apply cold compresses to swollen areas for five to 10 minutes every hour until relief is attained.
Make sure to follow the instructions given to you by your specialist as their experience and knowledge tells them what to expect with skin like yours. If you are at all concerned about any side effects call your doctor or aesthetician immediately.