Simple Tips for Before and After Botox Treatment
Simple Tips for Before and After Botox Treatment
Coming for your first appointment in an aesthetic practice? And are you wondering what you should pay attention to before and after Botox treatment, hyaluron injection or thread stretching? OK. Here are a few simple tips on how to get Botox and similar treatments without swelling and bruising. Or at least minimize their occurrence.
No Blood-Thinning Medication Before Botox and Hyaluron!
Avoid aspirin and other anticoagulants (coumarins, heparins) at least 5 days before treatment. You are probably already familiar with this measure from other medical interventions. Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Aleve, Advil and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (cold medicines) are powerful "bruising promoters". This is because they neutralize your platelets, which are cells that stop bleeding and bruising when blood vessels and capillaries in your bloodstream are damaged. Your risk of bruising increases significantly when your platelets are unable to close small capillaries that can be injured during injections. Avoid all these medications for a week before your treatment. If you're on pain medication, consider taking Tylenol. This note applies not only to Botox and Hyaluron, but in general to all interventions that cause possible short-term bleeding, such as thread stretching or medical Microneedling/vampire removal.
No Alcohol Before and After Botox!
Do not drink alcohol for 2 days before and after the Botox treatment. On the one hand, your liver is happy about this, as it does not have to metabolize the alcohol in addition to the toxin. On the other hand, you also contribute to a lower risk of bleeding, bruising and swelling. Because alcohol thins your blood. That means you're much more likely to bruise after Botox and alcohol. If you are prone to bruises anyway, then by not drinking alcohol you can at least ensure that bruises and swelling after Botox and hyaluronic acid are reduced to an absolute minimum.
For these same reasons, I recommend that you avoid alcohol both before and after Botox or hyaluronic acid treatment. Because your skin is sensitive after the treatment, the treated areas need a few hours or days to heal. During this time, they are still prone to bruising, and thinning the blood with alcohol or medication can increase bruising. This only unnecessarily lengthens the recovery time; you are not fully socially acceptable again as quickly as actually possible. This is the principal risk of alcohol before and after Botox.
Avoid Certain Foods Before Botox!
Excessive consumption of green tea, vitamin E, fish oil, ginseng, flaxseed oil and other herbal food supplements with mild blood thinning effect should be avoided 2-3 days before Botox application. The reasons are the same as after Botox alcohol.
Botox and Sports
I recommend avoiding exercising immediately after Botox. How long can you not exercise after Botox? It depends on density. Stay away from the gym and tennis court for at least 24-48 hours after Botox treatment. If you want to exercise, it's best to just go for a walk. Keep your heart rate low, below 100, because blood vessels injured during treatment heal best when the heart rate is low and blood flow is minimal. Exercising immediately after Botox and possibly doing it intensely is extremely inefficient.
Local Anesthetic Before Treatment!
Numbing creams (lidocaine or similar) often make Botox treatments much more bearable, even if they may not seem necessary at first glance. My advice is to use them extensively and specifically ask your doctor about them if they still don't offer it to you. Other than Botox injections, which only have a few injection points, there are few Botox treatments you should "talk about". But lip injections or micro needling can be uncomfortable – and that doesn't have to be the case. Numbing creams also have a vasoconstrictive effect and therefore contribute to a reduced risk of bleeding and bruising.
Cool the Treated Areas Afterwards!
Cooling the treated area with cooling pads often provides significant relief and relaxation. While not strictly medically necessary, you should consult your doctor if it is beneficial for your well-being.
Avoid Massages, Pressure and Grimaces!
Massage, rubbing and constant pressure on the treated areas should be avoided after the Botox treatment. Why? So as not to affect the result. With Botox, you can assume 2 to 3 days of time that you should allow the toxin to build up in the tissue. With a hyaluron injection of hyaluronic it can take a good 1 week, which hyaluronic needs for optimal tissue storage. In the case of thread stretching, especially in the case of extensive thread stretching, you should be careful to protect the treated area for up to 2 weeks. This includes avoiding grimaces (heavy laughter, harsh chewing) and serves to avoid pain and tension on the one hand, and not jeopardize the outcome on the other.
No Direct Sun After Botox and Hyaluronic Acid!
Avoid direct sunlight on the day of Botox treatment and for the next 2-3 days. Also, avoid going to the sauna. Think of it as a simple precaution against circulation problems, headaches and the like. You also avoid the risk of bruising that can be caused by increased blood flow. However, you don't have to worry about sun or sauna exposure directly affecting the treatment results. The opinion that Botox, which is applied intramuscularly, can "sweat", which was often heard in the past, is now considered outdated. However, this does not apply to superficial treatments of the skin such as micro-Botox. In fact, I recommend that you avoid sauna visits for at least 1 week after a Mikrobotox treatment in which the toxin is injected into the skin, not intramuscularly.
For Botox, Hyaluron Only to An Experienced Doctor!
All of the above tips and much more will also be given by the experienced doctor you hope to book your Botox treatment with. A doctor who understands the aesthetic profession, has sufficient knowledge about facial anatomy and especially the course of blood and nerve pathways, and also knows what to do in case of complications. Avoid cheap home and losing leader offers. You will have to live with the results of a Botox treatment for several months without any "buts" and "buts". Hyaluronic fillers are real implants that carry a risk of complications and can cause necrosis or even blindness. This is the most important and best tip I can give you.
Be Honest with The Self-Assessment!
Before starting Botox or Hyaluron treatment, it is absolutely necessary for your doctor to learn everything he needs to know from you. Any allergies, medical conditions, medications you're taking, whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Before you go to the doctor, consider what might be important. There are absolute contraindications, in particular, you should avoid treatment with Botox. For example, some allergies. Or an ongoing breastfeeding. Don't hide anything!