For many years now, Botox injections have been a very popular cosmetic dermatology treatment, in part because of the many celebrities who have had it done. Plus it is a great alternative to plastic surgery for fighting signs of aging. Botox injections are used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and prevent further lines from forming. They are usually used to treat areas around the eyes, neck, and mouth.
It may sound like a simple treatment, and it is, but as with any medical procedure, there is some aftercare that should be done. After all, you don’t want to hurt yourself or mess up the results of the treatment. To make sure get the most from your Botox procedure, there are five main things you should to do after the procedure.
- Don’t touch it! Leave the area alone for at least 24 hours. The injections are not filler, after all. Botox is toxin, made from the same bacteria that causes botulism. That’s where the name comes from. The area you had treated most likely is a “trouble” area, and may be sensitive. You may feel the urge to touch it, but don’t do it. Avoid rubbing or applying any pressure to the treated area so the Botox doesn’t move into an unintended area. Because it’s a toxin, if something happens to it, it can cause adverse effects, such as drooping eyelids or even nerve damage. So give it time to settle and to begin its works, and do not touch for at least a day.
- Pain killers may or may not be needed. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes person may experience some slight pain after having treatment. If any pain is experienced, it should only last a few days. If you do experience any pain, ask your doctor about using Tylenol or a numbing cream. Strong pain killers shouldn’t be necessary for a non-invasive procedure like Botox injections. An ice pack can help with reducing bruising, but again, consult your doctor first.
- Facial exercises can be started after waiting a day. All you will need to do is just gently exercise the facial muscles by doing normal facial expressions like smiling, frowning, grinning, etc. You don’t need to do anything strenuous or particular. Botox can do what it’s supposed to on its own.
- Sleeping should be done in such a way that you avoid sleeping on the treated area. It can be tricky to sleep in a particular position and stay in that position, but you must try to do it so the treatment has time to settle. So, for example, if you got Botox you face, try your best to sleep on your back. It may be hard to do, but it’s only for one night.
- Exercise or any of your daily routines can be done without any worry. That’s one of the great things about Botox – it doesn’t interfere with your daily life. You can just go to your appointment and then carry on with the rest of your day like normal. For proper aftercare for Botox, light to medium exercise is perfectly fine, but you may want to avoid any strenuous exercise for a few days, just to be safe. And remember to not touch your face for a day.