BEFORE / AFTERCARE FORM

Botox day 1

 

What to expect:

On the day of your procedure you may experience some swelling and bruising at the injection site.

 

What to do:

Facial exercises such as frowning or squinting may help the Botox take hold.

 

What to avoid:

Immediately after the procedure you should avoid the following activities:

 

  • Rubbing or massaging your face

  • Laying down (avoid for at least 4 hours post-procedure)

  • Vigorous exercise

  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers

  • Smoking and drinking alcohol

  • Hot showers, baths or hot tubs

 

Botox day 2

 

48 hours after the procedure you may still experience some mild swelling and bruising at the site of the injections. You are unlikely to see any results just yet.

 

What to do:

You can resume your regular exercise routine.

You can now fly without the results of your Botox being affected.

 

 

Botox day 3

What to expect:

Any bruising and swelling should have reduced.

You probably won’t notice results just yet, however, you may feel some slight tightness at the injection site.

 

 

Botox day 4 – 6

What to expect:

You may start to notice initial results as the muscles start to relax, smoothing out any wrinkles.

Botox day 7

What to expect:

Your face should start to look more refreshed.

 

What to do:

You can now have facials or any other treatments that involve putting pressure on the face.

Botox day 14

What to expect:

The results of your Botox treatment should now be in full effect, resulting in a smoother more refreshed face.

 

 

What can and can’t you do?

Sleeping

What to expect:

Can I sleep on my side after having Botox?

Yes, provided you wait at least four hours before laying down. Botox takes a few hours to settle into place, so laying down straightaway could cause the Botox to migrate to other areas of your face.

Botox can migrate to other muscles and increase the risk of complications.

 

Should I sleep in a certain position after having Botox?

You scan sleep in any position after having Botox. However, it’s advisable to avoid laying down for at least four hours after having the treatment.

 

How soon can I lay down after having Botox?

We recommend not laying down for at least four hours after having Botox.

Heat, sunbeds and sunshine

Should I avoid heat after Botox?

Yes, heat can increase the chance of bruising at the injection sites. You should avoid hot showers, baths and hot tubs for 24 hours after having Botox.

 

Can I go on a sunbed after having Botox?

Sunbeds should be avoided for at least four hours after having Botox. This is because laying down for extended periods immediately after having the procedure could cause the Botox to affect other muscles in the face, away from the injection site.

 

Although UV exposure won’t affect the results of your Botox treatment, it’s the number one cause of wrinkles, so if you want your skin to look younger for as long as possible, avoid using sunbeds and use a strong sunscreen if you’re out in the sun.

 

How soon can I go out in the sun after having Botox?

You can go out in the sun immediately after having Botox. Sun exposure can cause wrinkles though, so when you do go out in the sun be sure to wear a strong 

Exercise and movement

How soon can I exercise after Botox?

It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after having Botox. Strenuous exercise can result in bruising and, in rarer cases, the Botox could move to other areas of your face, causing the muscles in these areas to become temporarily paralysed. You should also avoid doing yoga for 24 hours after the procedure as inverted positions can cause Botox move to other muscles in the face.

 

What happens if you bend over after having Botox?

There is a small chance that the Botox may shift from the injection location to other areas of the face. However, the risk is minimal, so unless you are bending forward repeatedly or for substantial periods of time (for example if performing yoga moves) straight after having Botox, you should be fine.

Drinking, driving and flying

How soon after having Botox can I consume alcohol?

It’s advisable to avoid drinking alcohol for a day or two before and after the procedure. Some clients experience mild bruising at the needle sites after having Botox injections — if alcohol is present in the system this can exacerbate the bruising as alcohol increases fluid retention and thins the blood.

 

Drinking alcohol is highly unlikely to have any long-term detrimental effects on the results of your treatment.

 

How soon after having Botox can I fly?

We advise our patients to avoid flying for 24-48 hours after treatment. There are concerns that the changes in air pressure in an aeroplane cabin can affect the results of Botox. Changes in air pressure can mean that the Botox can move to other muscles in the face.

 

Can I drive after having the procedure?

Yes, Botox injections will not affect your ability to drive.   

Make-up, face washing and facial treatments

How soon after having Botox can I wash my face?

You can gently wash your face straight after having Botox. However, you should avoid facials, massages and other treatments that cause direct pressure to the face for seven days after having treatment.

 

Can I touch my face after having Botox?

Yes, you can continue your regular skin routine after having Botox, including touching your face to cleanse and moisturise the skin. However, avoid massaging or rubbing the face for at least six hours, but ideally 24 hours, after having the procedure.

 

How soon can I have treatments such as facials or a microdermabrasion after having Botox?

It’s best to wait at least seven days before having facials or a microdermabrasion after having Botox. You should also avoid chemical peels, laser treatment and sun beds for at least seven days.

 

I rubbed my face after Botox, will this affect the results?

No, rubbing your face after having Botox should not affect the results, especially if it’s been a few of hours or more since having the procedure. However, rubbing your face immediately after having Botox isn’t recommended, just in case this causes the Botox to move to other areas of the face away from the injection site.

 

How soon can I apply make-up after having Botox?

We recommend not applying make-up for at least four hours after having treatment.

 

What should I do after having Botox in forehead?

You will be able to resume most of your regular activities immediately after having Botox in your forehead. The only things you will be advised to avoid immediately after are:

 

  • drinking alcohol

  • having a hot shower or bath

  • rubbing your face

  • lying down or leaning forward for extended periods

  • You will be advised to avoid these activities for up to 24 hours after treatment.

 

You can exercise the muscles where you have the Botox injected (for example by raising your eyebrows or pursing your lips) which will help to work the Botox into your facial muscles.

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