Five Botox Aftercare Tips
Botox® is a relatively non-invasive procedure, but there are still aftercare precautions that all patients must take to ensure quality results and prevent any complications. Common Botox aftercare tips include relaxation after treatment, facial exercises, and avoiding the use of skin treatment and makeup.
Important care tips after Botox treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area after Botox treatment to ensure safety and quality results, particularly for the first 24 to 48 hours after the injections. The following discusses common aftercare tips that Botox providers give to their Botox patients.
Relax for 24 hours after treatment
Physical activity increases blood flow. This can lead to the toxins in Botox spreading to unintended parts of the face, causing less than desirable results. Subsequently, Botox providers typically recommend as much relaxation as possible for the first 24 to 48 hours after the Botox injections. While the patient is welcome to go about their daily routine (e.g., work, school, etc.), physical activity is likely off-limits for the first day or two after treatment.
Avoid sleeping on the affected area
The Botox treatment needs to settle into the facial muscles after injection. Sleeping on your side or stomach could make doing so more challenging, especially if there is pressure placed against the affected area with a pillow, blanket, etc. Although controlling the way you sleep is not always easy, doing everything possible to sleep on your back for the first few days during recovery is very important for ensuring quality results after Botox injections.
Exercise your face gently
Gentle face exercises are encouraged after the initial 24 to 48 hour period during recovery. Gentle face exercises help ensure maximum movement of your facial muscles after Botox injections. The exercises are as simple as practicing frowning, smiling, and making different facial expressions. Outside of minimal exercises for your face, Botox does the rest of the work for you. Therefore, do not overdo the exercises and put too much stress on the muscles.
Do not use makeup or skin treatment
Applying skin products too soon may compromise the results of the Botox. Therefore, it is important to stay away from makeup, exfoliating scrubs, dermal fillers, etc. for the first few days. Once the Botox takes full effect and the muscles recover, then it is perfectly fine to wear makeup and other skin products.
Limit sun exposure as much as possible
Heat and UV light may increase blood pressure and cause issues with the Botox injections, compromising the overall results. Therefore, try and stay out of the sun for at least the first four to six hours and minimize sun exposure for the first few days after that.
Seek assistance if there are complications during Botox recovery
If you have any complications after Botox treatment, then alert your Botox provider or an oral surgeon to find out the best course of action. You can also reach out to our team today to arrange a Botox consultation and find out whether or not Botox treatment is right for you.
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