Post-Botox Care: Everything You Need to Know
So you’re thinking of getting Botox for the first time but you’re worried about the tedious aftercare and the possible side effects if you failed to adhere to it. Worry not, there’s really very minimal downtime after getting your Botox treatment and the aftercare is not all that difficult. Here’s everything you need to know about Botox aftercare:
Avoid applying pressure to your face or area where you got Botox, especially during the first 24 hours. That means, you cannot rub your face or roughly apply make up. You also should avoid getting facial treatments, massages, or eyebrow treatments like micro-blading, waxing or plucking in the next 7 days as these apply significant pressure on your face. Since Botox works by targeting specific areas, pressure on the face can lead to Botox moving to the unintended areas.
The consequences if Botox movement happens can range from minimal, where you can’t even notice anything different, to undesirable, wherein you can get droopy eyelids or worse, nerve damage.
Since Botox is a non-invasive process, strong pain killers are not necessary. Some patients may feel slight discomfort or little pain after the procedure, so make sure to ask your doctor which painkillers you can take. Avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, which may interfere with natural clotting process and lead to bruising.
To address the pain, your doctor might just prescribe some numbing cream or ice pack, but make sure to confirm with your doctor first before doing these on your own.
Heat can increase the likelihood of bruising so try to avoid places with extremely hot temperatures such as saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, or having hot showers or baths.
Remember not to lie down at least four hours right after the procedure, as this can cause the Botox to move to unintended areas that may cause complications as stated above. Furthermore, try to sleep on back the first night after the treatment rather than on your sides. After the first night, you can sleep in any position, just be careful not to put too much pressure on your face.
After 24 hours, you can start exercising your face muscles gently by doing various facial expressions like grinning, frowning or make faces in front of the mirror.
Now you know that Botox aftercare is not at all complicated. For questions or inquiries regarding Botox, contact us