You might have spent a while looking into your Botox treatment and might be excited about getting your youthful glow back. But, what happens after you’ve had your Botox injections? Don’t worry if you feel in-the-dark about what happens post-treatment. Let's delve into what you can expect immediately after the anti-wrinkle treatment and up to 6 months later.
Immediately after your Botox injections
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 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-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 your skin look in the weeks following Botox?
Results will not be visible straight away, so don’t be alarmed if your pesky 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 your Botox injections) and your skin will start to revert to its former state - although the exact amount of time Botox lasts varies from person to person. At this stage, the targeted areas will also regain some movement. So, if you loved the effect that Botox 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 have your Botox treatments repeated, this article has got you covered.
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