Ok, so, you’ve decided that Botox is the treatment for you, and chances are you've already read our article on how to prepare for your first Botox treatment (check it out now if you haven’t). So, what else do you need to know? Well, one of the things that people often forget is what comes after the treatment. So, what Botox aftercare should you be thinking about, and what should you be doing or avoiding after your anti-wrinkle treatment in order to get the best results?
What are the dos and don’ts after Botox?
Botox is a fairly quick, simple and effective treatment, which is great for those of us who struggle to find time to breathe some days. And another amazing plus is that because you don’t need anaesthetic, there’s no downtime - fabulous!
So, you can pretty much go on with your day as you usually would - but listen carefully to the things your practitioner advises you not to do after Botox, as there’s good reason for their warnings...
Botox: The don'ts
One thing you shouldn't do after Botox is head to the gym or do intense exercise. In fact, you should avoid this for the next 24 hours (I heard that sigh of relief from here!), otherwise you run the risk of the toxin spreading to muscles it shouldn’t be touching. So, cancel that exercise class and put your feet up for a bit.
Don’t go booking any big events for the first couple of days, as Botox side effects include swelling, redness or bruising around the treated area. This varies from person to person and might not last very long for you, but it’s better to be aware that it could happen rather than have to cancel a date, right? If you do find that you have bruising and discomfort after Botox, an ice pack generally comes in pretty handy.
Another ‘don’t’ - sorry, I know there’s a few of these - is don’t rub the Botox treated area, as this can result in the toxin moving. And hold off on having other treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser hair therapy for the next few days as these can all cause the botulinum toxin to move around and have a negative impact on your Botox results.
Take note of side effects
An important ‘do’ is to make sure you contact your Botox practitioner if you experience any unusual side effects or prolonged bruising, and they will be able to give you the right advice.
Avoid blood thinners
Also, do avoid taking blood thinning medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen for the next few days (but always speak to your GP or practitioner about any prescribed medication containing aspirin) - and the same goes for alcohol. I know, I know - don’t shoot the messenger.
If you’re going on a trip, check out our post on top tips on travelling after Botox to find out all you need to know. You'll likely want to get your anti-wrinkle treatment a few weeks before a holiday.
Botox results: How long does it take for Botox to work?
Generally speaking, the anti-wrinkle treatment won’t kick in straight away. In fact, it can take up to around 10-14 days to see the optimum results. So, don’t be disheartened if you don’t leave the clinic looking like the ‘new’ you - it just takes a while for the Botox to take effect.
Why do I need a consultation after Botox?
A good practitioner will generally suggest that you go back to see them a couple of weeks after your Botox treatment to see how you are feeling and to make sure it’s working as it should. They can also answer any questions or concerns you might have. Many offer a top-up if there is still more movement than you would like.
How long does Botox last?
The effects of anti-wrinkle injections generally last between 3 and 6 months, but this really comes down to how quickly your body metabolises the toxin - which, as you can imagine, varies from person to person. After this period, the effects will wear off; then, the decision is whether you want to continue with the treatment and book another Botox session. If you love the results and feel like it’s made a real impact to your skin and your confidence - go for it!
Discover more about anti-wrinkle injections in our handy treatment guide. And if you're interested in having a consultation to learn about the options available to tackle frown lines, bunny lines, crow's feet or forehead lines? Why not book a consultation with a medically qualified practitioner in your area on Glowday? Get glowing!
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