While Botox® is one of the most popular procedures to address early signs of aging, many people make post-treatment mistakes that adversely affect their results. But how do you know what to avoid after Botox®? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Meredith Vandegrift can help you learn what not to do if you want smoother skin and fewer wrinkles after investing in yourself.
What Is Botox®?
Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® are highly purified versions of the botulinum toxin. They work by interrupting communication between nerves and muscles, giving you a temporary break from habitual muscle contractions that can cause wrinkles. Preventing these expressions allows your face to relax into friendly, more approachable lines.
With natural-looking results and minimal downtime, Botox® and Dysport® patients can experience noticeable results and dramatic rejuvenation for three to six months.
One way to help avoid post-Botox® mistakes is to only receive injections administered by a licensed and highly skilled injector. Avoid getting Botox® from anyone who isn’t a licensed professional at parties, hair salons, or anywhere else.
How to Avoid These Post-Botox® Mistakes
Steer Clear of Pressure and Touching
Typically, patients who receive Botox® injections should not touch, massage, or rub their face for six to 12 hours, and should avoid putting pressure on the area for at least 24 hours. That includes washing your face or applying moisturizers for at least six hours following your Botox® treatment.
You should also try to sleep on your back with your head elevated to avoid any unnecessary pressure.
Finally, please do not get any other treatments like facials or massages that would require putting pressure on the treated areas. With undue stress, Botox® can spread into other areas, adversely affecting your results. Schedule those appointments at least two weeks after your Botox® session.
Don’t Use Blood Thinners
You should discontinue the use of blood-thinning medications, including pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, for a week before your Botox® treatment and at least a few days afterward. These medications can cause increased swelling and bruising. If you rely on these medications, consult your physician.
Alcohol also has blood-thinning qualities, so you should wait at least 24 hours after your Botox® procedure to imbibe.
Skip the Gym
Strenuous workouts – and the facial expressions that can accompany them – can prevent Botox® from settling where you want it to, so wait at least 24 to 48 hours before hitting the gym. Also, avoid any other activities that can make you sweat during that time, as sweat can irritate your skin.
Avoid Heat and the Sun
Heat and sun exposure can cause fillers to break down quickly and become less effective. So, for at least 24 to 48 hours after your Botox® treatment, stay out of direct sunlight, tanning beds, hot showers, saunas, or hot tubs.
Meredith Vandegrift, MD – Your Long Island Botox® Expert
The first step to ensuring optimal results from Botox® is choosing a qualified provider who prioritizes high standards of patient care. Count on board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Meredith Vandegrift to stay by your side through every step of your anti-aging journey. To learn more about starting a partnership with one of Long Island’s best Botox® providers, contact us today or call (631) 935-0303 today.