For better result of botox here is the list of dos and don’ts and some botox aftercare tips
Botox is a popular cosmetic drug that is used for treating facial wrinkles and fine lines. It is used in the form of an injectable and works by freezing the facial muscles. The main ingredient of botox injections is a neurotoxin called on botulinum toxin A which is derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
Botox injections use a regulated quantity of the aforementioned neurotoxin. It prevents muscular contraction which helps soften wrinkles and lines. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures with over 7.2 million people opting for it every year. It is endorsed by high-profile celebrities and it has maintained its popularity ever since it was introduced in the early 2000s.
If you are opting for botox treatment for the first time, it is important to learn best practices for botox aftercare post-surgery. So let us take a look:
Botox Aftercare Dos
To achieve the desired results, do the following on the day you get botox:
- Rest well and avoid any strenuous activity for the remaining day
- Exercise your face gently
- Avoid applying pressure on the injected site and do not touch or rub unnecessarily
Botox is usually a safe procedure that does not require an extensive recovery period. However, the following precautions should be taken 24-28 hours post-surgery:
Avoid Strenuous Exercise for 24 Hours
It is recommended to restrict physical activity for at least 24 hours post-treatment. Exercise leads to an increase in blood flow. Rapid blood flow can cause the unintentional spread of botox toxin to the rest of the body, away from the injection site. This can reduce its effectiveness at the intended site. Hence it is recommended to avoid strenuous physical activity 24-48 hours post-exercise.
Strenuous exercise can also cause bruising at the site. Whereas strenuous exercise should be avoided, the following facial exercises are recommended:
- Lifting of eyebrows
This helps speed up the effects of Botox.
Abstain From Applying Make-Up
Avoid applying makeup for 24 hours post-treatment. Vigorous application of makeup can lead to the dispersion of botox away from the injection site.
Maintain A Straight Posture
Avoid bending or lying down for the first 4-5 hours post-treatment. Maintaining a straight posture will ensure that the toxin does not spread to other areas and bruising will not occur.
Sleep on The Opposite Side of The Treated Area
To avoid putting pressure on the injection site, avoid sleeping on the treated area. Instead, sleep on the opposite side to level up the flow of blood.
Botox Aftercare Don’ts
Keep in mind the following precautions on the day of getting the treatment:
Don’t Consume Alcohol
It is recommended to abstain from drinking alcohol 24 hours before and after the surgery. The reason being that alcohol increases the risk of bruising.
Avoid Professional Massages
To prevent the spread of the toxin away from the injection site, it is recommended to avoid touching the injection site. Avoid unnecessary touching and professional massages on the treated areas.
Don’t Indulge in Other Skin Treatments
To get optimal results, it is important to let botox settle into the skin. Do not put unnecessary pressure on the injected area and avoid indulging other skin treatments such as:
- Dermal fillers
Give your skin at least 48 hours before indulging in other skin treatments.
Avoid Sun and Heat Exposure
Exposure to the sun can increase blood pressure and can promote facial flushing. This can lead to bruising. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure for at least 4 hours post-treatment. Care should be maintained for 24-48 hours. Along with that, avoid heat exposure from the following sources as well:
- Tanning beds
- Hot tubs
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