While it is true that Botox treatments have a relatively low recovery time, aftercare is still important. For a several hours and days after your treatment there is a small risk of issues cropping up, but most can be avoided if you are careful.
If you want to know what aftercare is best for Botox treatments, there are several rules that you should follow.
Take it Easy
It may come as no surprise, but the best thing that you can do after a Botox treatment is to take it easy for about 24 hours. That will not only give the Botox injection time to settle, but also allow your body time to recover.
To be more specific you should definitely avoid any strenuous exercise that gets your heart rate going. If you don’t you risk not only having the Botox chemicals shifting to unwanted areas, but also exacerbating any bruising or swelling due to the intravitreal injection
Make Sure There is No Contact
For six to eight hours after your treatment you should avoid any direct contact to the affected area. That is mainly to ensure that the Botox doesn’t spread to unwanted areas.
Be sure to consciously remind yourself not to touch the area in any way, including massaging, rubbing, or scratching it. Ideally you shouldn’t wash your face during that period, or apply makeup either.
Try to also avoid other things that could exert pressure on the area, such as sleeping on it or leaning against a headrest.
Deal with the Bruising or Swelling
Although Botox has a relatively low risk of causing bruising or swelling due to the short and thin needless that are used – at times it still does. Because of that one of the most important areas of Botox aftercare is dealing with any bruising, swelling, or even redness that is present.
Avoiding strenuous exercise, blood thinning medication (including ibuprofen), heat, and alcohol is key if the area is bruised or swollen. The last thing that you want to do is increase blood flow in any way, as that will make the situation worse.
On the other hand to actually reduce the bruising or swelling you could try applying an ice pack to the area as long as you don’t keep it there for too long. On top of that taking Arnica tablets or applying Arnica cream can help keep it at bay too.
Report Any Persistent Side Effects
Generally speaking Botox is a relatively ‘safe’ procedure and the risk of any side effects is low. However if you do feel that there are any persistent side effects, you should report them to the Botox Wandsworth specialist that carried out the treatment.
Aside from bruising and swelling, some of the other potential side effects can include allergic reactions, fatigue, dry mouth, headaches, blurred vision, or neck aches. At the end of the day it is better to err on the side of caution if you notice any of them.
Overall the aftercare required following Botox treatments is really quite straightforward. Most of the time you should feel right as rain within a few hours, but it is still best to follow the steps prescribed and any others that are recommended by the medical professional who treated you.