Botox aftercare: Dos and Don'ts of post anti-wrinkle treatment

You spent ages looking into anti-wrinkle've Google'd, read looked at a million before and afters and now you're considering booking that appointment. But, what happens after you’ve had your toxin injections? Don’t worry if you feel in the dark about what happens post-treatment.

Your practitioner will cover all of this in your pre-treatment consultation and will likely give you some post-treatment care information. But if you're curious, let's delve into what you can expect immediately after anti-wrinkle treatments and up to 6 months later.

Immediately after Botox

Walking out of your anti-wrinkle treatment, whilst perhaps feeling content and confident with how the procedure went, you might see that the Botox injection sites are slightly red and swollen. But, relax. This is completely normal and any redness and swelling should settle down within a couple of days - hooray!

Another thing to note is the potential for bruising - although the likelihood of this happening is low. A medically qualified practitioner with a careful hand, paired with your skin’s natural response to the treatment, could mean that you don’t experience any bruising - and this will probably be the case! Sometimes, however, bruising after Botox is, unfortunately, unavoidable. If you do experience bruising, or are generally susceptible to it, taking arnica supplements or applying an arnica cream to the area can help.

A slight headache is also not uncommon in the first couple of days, but this is nothing to worry about and can be alleviated with paracetamol. This is the perfect time to put the ‘no pain, no gain’ mantra into practice!

Is there anything I can’t do after my Botox treatment?

Okay, so I’ve mentioned some of the potential Botox side effects above, but there are also some things you should steer clear of immediately after your procedure. A couple of these include avoiding exercise for the first 24 hours post-Botox treatment (a great excuse to skip the gym!) and trying not to touch or rub the treated area, as this can cause the Botox to move.

For more info, you can read our post-Botox advice here.

How will my skin look in the weeks following Botox?

Results will not be visible straight away, so don’t be alarmed if your lines and wrinkles are still there immediately after your Botox appointment. You should, however, start to see the effects of your anti-wrinkle treatment within the first week.

By the second week, the Botox should have taken full effect and your skin should look smooth and refined - hello, youthful complexion! But, how long can you enjoy the results for?

How long does Botox last?

Between months 3 and 6 after the procedure, your body will start to break down the botulinum toxin (the stuff that’s in the injections) and your skin will start to revert to its former state - although the exact amount of time it lasts varies from person to person. At this stage, the targeted areas will also regain some movement. So, if you loved the effect that the treatment had on your skin, this might be the point that you consider getting your anti-wrinkle injections topped-up. If you want to know more about how often you should get Botox, this article has got you covered.

Want to know more about Botox? Get the low-down in our handy anti-wrinkle injection treatment guide and Botox FAQs! And before you book your first Botox consultation, check out these 7 tips.

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