Botox is one of the most popular non-invasive surgical treatments on the market. If performed in the offices of a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, it’s excellent for lessening the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and treating a wide variety of other issues.
It can take upwards of two to three weeks for you to see the full results from your Botox injections. By this point in time, all bruising and swelling should have subsided, and you’ll be able to see the reduced appearance of facial lines and wrinkles on your face.
While you’ve probably heard that Botox doesn’t require any downtime after you’ve gotten the procedure, there are a few recommendations that surgeons suggest you follow for the best chances of success.
Before we begin our list of tips, we’d like to talk about the recovery process from Botox. After you’ve gotten the procedure done and left the surgeon’s office, you can go back to your regular routine or lifestyle—with a few exceptions, as noted down below.
The procedure itself does not require anesthesia of any kind and can be performed in as little as 10 minutes. This means that you won’t need to arrange for transportation to and from the offices of your Board-Certified plastic surgeon, nor will you have to sit around the waiting room until the surgeon discharges you.
5 Things to Avoid After Getting Botox
1. Potential Side Effects
A tiny portion of the people who get Botox could experience a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. They might have short-lived, mild flu-like symptoms such as headaches or nausea. This is completely normal and should subside after a day or two.
In much rarer cases, a stronger allergic reaction might develop. If you start to notice any of these symptoms, call the offices of your plastic surgeon, and they will be able to advise you.
2. Don’t Lay on Your Face
You should avoid lying down on a bed or couch for at least four hours after you walk out of the plastic surgeon’s office. The Botox that was injected into your face needs time to settle in and take hold. This helps prevent it from moving from the injection area to nearby muscles.
Once you do lay down, be sure to sleep on your back—and only your back for a day or two. If you’re a side or stomach sleeper, you might find this position a bit awkward. You want to avoid your face touching the pillow or mattress because it could potentially affect the treatment areas.
3. Don’t Touch Your Face
The Botox injections you received at the offices of the Board-Certified plastic surgeon were precisely administered. The Botox itself needs time to “settle in” after it’s been injected.
If you were to massage or rub the treatment area, it could potentially result in the Botox physically moving to nearby muscles and having an unintended—and undesirable effect.
This is why you shouldn’t touch your face for at least 24 hours after the procedure. It could also cause skin irritation if you start to scratch at the injection areas. This can contribute to such side effects as bruising and swelling. Avoid the temptation to scratch or itch, no matter how hard the urge arises—you can do it!
4. Don’t take NSAIDs
NSAIDs such as Aleve®, Motrin®, and Advil® can cause thinning of the blood, and this in turn can cause bleeding or bruising at the site of the injections. Ask the person who’s administering the Botox to let you know what over-the-counter painkillers you can take in case you start to feel a little pain. Alcohol can also cause your blood to thin and have the same bruising or bleeding effect. Try to refrain from all alcohol at least 24-48 hours after the procedure.
5. Don’t Get a Facial
The area where the Botox was injected can be a bit sensitive for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure. It’s strongly advised that you refrain from getting a facial, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion for a few days after the procedure.
Once the treatment area is healed up and the Botox has settled in and is doing its thing, you can then get a facial performed. Be sure to let the person performing your treatment that you recently had Botox and show them the exact locations of the injections.
Botox in Dallas
While Botox generally doesn’t require any downtime, you should pay close attention to the above five tips for the best chances of success. Take it slow for the first few days and try to avoid any physical contact with the injection areas. Over the next two to three weeks, any swelling and bruising should disappear, and you’ll notice the reduced appearance of wrinkles and facial lines.
Botox can help smooth out wrinkles, smile, and facial lines that you don’t like. If you’d like to schedule a Botox treatment session, give the offices of Dr. Adams a call at (214) 965-9885 or schedule an appointment via our website.