If you have decided to receive Botox treatments, you can expect minimal side effects and no downtime, but there are some important tips you will want to follow after you have gotten home. The actual process will vary depending on what area you had work done to, but there are still about seven things that you should do after treatment to ensure you get the best results possible.
1. Avoid Touching the Area
It is very important to keep your hands away from the area that you received your Botox in for 24 hours after your treatment. The injection was administered in a very precise way to achieve the best effect, so touching the area could cause you to move unintended muscles.
2. Avoid Alcohol and Painkillers
Certain over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, should be avoided after your treatment since they can cause your blood to become thinner, resulting in excess swellings. Alcohol should also be avoided for about 48 hours following your treatment. Only take the painkillers the doctor may or may not prescribe you. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot take, talk to Dr. Baird.
3. Be Careful How You Sleep
Doctors recommend that you avoid sleeping in a horizontal position for at least four hours after the initial Botox injection. This is to allow the Botox to properly settle in your body to give you the desired effect. Your cosmetic provider injected it exactly where it should go to get this look, so you don’t want to lie on the area. Try to sleep on your back for the next couple of days.
4. Avoid Exercise
You may be surprised to hear that you should avoid an active lifestyle, but this is one of those times that you should. Your doctor will advise you to avoid strenuous activity for a few days after a Botox treatment. Most people can return to their regular exercise program after a couple of days, but others choose to wait for a week before exercising again.
5. No Facials or Chemical Peels
Facials and chemical peels, along with other general face treatments, can cause issues with your Botox injection. You should always wait for 24 hours or more to do any type of facial after you have received a Botox injection.
6. Stay Close
You should try to stay as close to the facility where your doctor performed the treatment for at least a few days. Traveling immediately after is not recommended. If you happen to experience an unwanted side effect, you’ll be able to easily meet the doctor to remedy the problem.
7. Wait to Schedule Pictures
It’s an exciting time! You’ve gotten Botox injections and you want to take pictures. However, some patients do experience some bruising around the injection site which may take a couple of days to go away. You should wait to make sure your face is completely healed to make sure you look your best.
Dr. David A. Baird, MD is a board-certified dermatologist who is ready to create a personalized plan that will let your inner beauty shine through. His dermatology practice in Farmington, MI offers patients 20-years of experience when it comes to skin care. Get in touch and set up a free consultation today.