Aftercare is incredibly important when it comes to Botox. It’s something that many people overlook. If you don’t look after yourself properly then a number of things could happen. You could undo the work which has been done which means you need another costly treatment. You could also prevent yourself healing as quickly. It’s not always about doing a certain thing which can help the process, but not doing things which could slow the whole process down or damage your face.
What Not to Do
The single most important thing to remember is this. Don’t rub your face or have any kind of face massage for at least 24 hours after treatment. This could potentially move the Botox around into an unwanted area. That’s the one thing you should try to avoid. Rarely, the Botox may move down causing drooping of the eyelids. Find out how this can be dangerous.
When you’re about to go to sleep do your best not to sleep on your face! Sleeping on your back will reduce the risk of your accidentally moving the Botox around during the night.
Some doctors also recommended that you don’t bend down, lie down, or do strenuous exercise immediately after treatment. This could also cause the Botox to move. Although it’s debated whether this is necessary. Perhaps just try to avoid them in the first few hours following treatment.
Avoiding alcohol Aspirin, Ibuprofen or other strong painkillers may reduce the extent of bruising. It’s also a good idea to avoid using a sauna or putting yourself in other situations where your body will be subject to increased heat levels.
To further reduce risk you should avoid aggressive skin manipulation up to one week after treatment. This means try to stay away from treatments like microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and electrolysis. Most of what not to do is common sense really. Just keep your hands off your face and don’t do anything which could potentially cause the Botox to move. Play it safe! It’s all about minimizing risk.
What to Do
You can very gently exercise the muscles in the treated area. Just pull your natural facial expressions. This will help the Botox work its way into the muscle. Other than that, there’s not much you can do to help to Botox do its job. Its time to wait for the results which should take 3-5 days. However there are a few things you can do to help your face heal faster. There will probably be some swelling after the treatment. An ice pack very gently applied to the treated area may help reduce this swelling a little faster. This may also help with bruising.
Some people do experience mild pain after the treatment. As we said above strong painkillers aren’t recommended. However Paracetamol may be ok. You should ask your doctor about this. They may be able to provide a better alternative like a numbing cream. Ask your doctor if they recommend anything else you should do / should not do after treatment. All patients will be different and may require slightly different aftercare. There is no real consensus on exactly what you need to do after treatment apart from not putting pressure on the treated area. You should be asked to attend a check up session a few weeks after the treatment. This is when the doctor makes sure the treatment has been successful and everything is working as it should.