BOTOX® and other neuromodulators like Dysport, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau have become some of the most popular treatments for cosmetic and health-related issues like wrinkles at the forehead or around the eyes, muscle spasms, and chronic pain. The BOTOX® process seems straightforward: head over to your dermatologist, and presto, you’re done. However, there is a fair share of aftercare tips and tricks to consider before proceeding with injections.
Following a good aftercare routine leads to optimal and longer lasting results, but it easy to get mixed messages when reading about the procedure online.
To help you understand the actual risks, here are six post-BOTOX® mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Avoiding Alcohol
It’s no surprise that the internet sometimes goes overboard. Many articles urge people to stay clear of alcohol before and after BOTOX® due to increased risk of bruising. At Aesthetx, you’ll work with board-certified medical doctors, Dr. Kamakshi R. Zeidler, R. Laurence Berkowitz, and Dr. Amelia K. Hausauer, who can reassure you that significant bruising is rare and self-healing.
To avoid an increase in bleeding and potentially bruising, we recommend avoiding fish oil, NSAIDs like ibuprofen, and vitamin E. Supplements and medications are far more likely to cause bruising then alcohol in moderation, so if you follow these instructions, there’s no need to avoid a glass of wine or casual drink. If you do want to take all precautions hold off on, especially red wine for 24 hours prior. There is no need to stop caffeine, despite frequently recommended online.
Mistake #2: Ice After Your BOTOX® Treatment
While ice may minimize the small pinch of a BOTOX® needle, Dr. Hausauer says the newest studies suggest it may actually make your BOTOX® wear off faster. Instead, we offer topical numbing cream to help with discomfort if desired, since it has no impact on your final results.
Mistake #3: Exercising Right Away
While basic movements and light activity are fine, you should avoid heavy exercise –no spin class– that elevates your heart rate as this increases the risk of bruising. We also generally recommend that you don’t lay down flat for four hours following BOTOX®. Avoid downward dog or pilates on your back shortly after treatment but there is no need to refrain for too long since the small amount of fluid used is quickly picked up by your muscles.
Mistake #4: Facial Massages Are Okay
Facial BOTOX® is injected to improve targeted locations. If you massage the treated areas, you could make the treatment less precise and increase the need for touchups or worse yet spread to unwanted areas. Allow the BOTOX® to settle and take action where you want it, so all types of facial massage—even rollers, home devices, face masks, or hats on the area—should be avoided.
Mistake #5: Panicking About Blemishes
You might notice the emergence of bumps or bruises. This is no cause to panic. With Aesthetx’ technologies, bumps are gone between five and twenty minutes following the procedure. Bruising is rare, because we use acupuncture size needles and will go away after several days. If bruising does occur, ask about our multiple techniques to erase marks faster like Alastin Inhance serum, which breaks down red blood cells so your body can more efficiently clear discoloration.
Mistake #6: Expecting Immediate Results
The results you’re looking to achieve will not be immediate. The process takes time, so be patient! Don’t expect results right away, as it takes an average of five to ten-day for the medication to take effect and becomes maximal over two weeks.
Let Aesthetx Guide You
It can be confusing to know how to proceed with aftercare, but with Aesthetx, the steps are clear. To get started with BOTOX®, contact Aesthetx at (408) 559-7177 and book your personalized consultation.