Cosmetic injections like Botox, or botulinum toxin, are effective solutions against aging, wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines. However, before applying and after it is good to know certain things that should not be done. Let’s take a look at the things not to do before and after applying Botox.
As for aesthetic medicine, it is used to paralyze the muscle to avoid facial wrinkles and it is a technique that produces almost no pain. Once applied, its effects are immediate and lasts for about 4 to 6 months. In very rare cases it can cause allergies, facial stiffness or vomiting. However, it is recommended to apply it with a specialist in the area, a surgeon preferably.
3 important things to avoid before applying Botox
While there is no definitive proof that having a few drinks can affect the results of your Botox treatment, it is advisable not to consume alcohol a few days in advance. “Moderate alcohol consumption can slightly thin the blood, which can increase the likelihood of bruising,” explains the Dr. Dele-Michael dermatologist New York.
Stop taking blood thinners
Speaking of possible post-botox bruising, make sure you don’t take medication with blood-thinning agents a week before your appointment. As are NSAIDs, such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Also avoid taking supplements that contain vitamin E, fish oil, garlic and lovage.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is time to reschedule
If you are pregnant (or think you are) or breastfeeding, this is not the time to apply botox, and rescheduling your appointment should be an order. The Dr. Dele-Micheal says that while using this injectable has not been shown to harm your unborn baby or pass through breast milk, it is better to be safe than sorry.
3 things not recommended after applying botox
Knowing what to expect from your treatment, as well as what not to do before your appointment, is essential to having a good experience the first time you apply botox (it is also important to know what happens afterwards). You can wash your face, make facial expressions and even put on makeup when you leave the doctor’s office, but it is not recommended to do the following three things:
Lie on your stomach
In Houston the plastic surgeon Henry A. Mentz, suggests that you cannot lie on your stomach after four hours after application. In addition to post-treatment inflammation, botox takes time to settle in and do its job.
Go to the gym
In New York the dermatologist Dendy Engelman, recommends not doing training sessions for at least 24 hours. It’s best to just take it easy, especially with the post-treatment bruising and redness that often occurs after botox. So avoid exercise and high-movement activities, at least for a day.
Massaging the injection site
You may be tempted to touch or rub the injection site (especially when the numbing cream begins to wear off), but experts advise against doing so. After its application, it takes more time for the botox to work. Within two to seven days, you will begin to see definitive results, but until then, let your skin recover and adjust itself.