Recovering from Botox injections can be an easy process, however, there are still a number of potential complications that can prevent you from enjoying your results.
Avoiding complications after Botox is fairly simple. By taking proper care of the injection site and following a few simple instructions you can help to assure that your Botox results meet your expectations.
What to Avoid After Your Injection
Following treatment, it can be tempting to try every cream and technique available to get the most out of your Botox treatment. However, sometimes the best results come not from adding to your routine, but from avoiding certain habits.
The first 24 hours of the healing process are vital to your Botox results. During this time, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure that the rest of your recovery goes smoothly.
Bruising after Botox can cause discomfort and prolong your recovery. Prior to injection, it is important to discontinue the use of blood thinning medications when possible to minimize the risk of bruising. You should continue to avoid any medications with blood thinning properties for at least the first 24 hours after your injection.
For the first day after your treatment, you should also avoid heat, including hot showers and baths. Heat causes the blood vessels in your skin to open up, allowing more blood through, which increases the chances of bruising.
While there isn’t much of a downtime with injectables, it’s still a good idea to limit your activity levels for at least the first day after the procedure. Avoiding high-energy workouts can help in your body’s recovery. Working out too soon after Botox injections can cause or worsen bruising, and can, in some cases, lead to bleeding. Taking a day off from exercising also gives the product time to settle. This helps to avoid issues related to spreading Botox, like asymmetrical results and Botox impacting areas outside of the treatment zone.
After the first day of recovery, you should continue to treat the injection site with care. It can take two to seven days for your results to become visible. During this time avoid rubbing the injection site or touching it unnecessarily as this can lead to infection or bruising.
How to Speed up Recovery
After your injection, there are a few techniques that can improve your results and lead to a quicker recovery. Be sure to speak with your injector prior to using these techniques for yourself.
Icing the injection site with a simple ice pack can help with any minor swelling that might occur, as well as reduce the risk of bruising. The sooner you do this after the procedure, the more effective this technique is. Use ice packs for short periods of 20 seconds or less as longer applications risk damaging your skin with extreme cold.
Staying upright for four hours after your injection can minimize the spread of Botox. Don’t rest your head or lie down, as it may cause the Botox to move out of the treated area. A lot of patients choose to have their injections done in the morning or around lunch, so they aren’t tempted to go directly to bed.
When sleeping for the first few nights after the procedure, sleep on your back. This will also help to reduce the risk of the injected product moving during the night.
Exercising the treated muscles for an hour or two after the procedure can help the Botox work its way into the muscle. For example, practice frowning, raising your eyebrows, or squinting, depending on what your treatment targeted.
Following-Up with Your Injector
Staying in contact with your doctor can make your recovery process even easier. If you notice any abnormalities or complications, or you have any questions about your recovery, your doctor is only a phone call away.
About one week after treatment, the recovery process should be complete and all signs of the injection process should have faded, leaving only your Botox results. It can be tempting to skip appointments with your physician once results are visible, however, follow-up visits can help to improve the procedure’s outcome and the results of your future Botox injections.
If, in the end, you’re not completely satisfied with your results, or you simply need a little “touch up” to meet your goal, feel free to make another appointment. Touch ups may not be required, but are available to assure that your Botox experience is as good as it can be.
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