Fact: practically everyone is getting Botox or Dysport, the magical injectable that temporarily relaxes the wrinkle-causing muscles of the forehead, around the corners of the eyes, and between the eyebrows. While it does seem like a straightforward procedure in which a licensed injector studies your face, determines the appropriate number of injections, and distributes them across your face, there are more things you should keep in mind for after getting Botox. After all, the most optimal results come from not just the right amount of Botox or Dysport, but the right post-care as well.
While multiple articles across the internet can come up with a slew of things you should or shouldn’t do post-Botox or Dysport, our team of licensed injectors at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery agree with the following tips to put your mind at ease.
Don’t worry about lying down
Many people believe they shouldn’t bend over or lay down after Botox or Dysport. While the concern is that the neurotoxin can migrate to other areas and have unintended effects on other muscles, the volume of fluid and amount of Botox or Dysport injected with each needle stick very tiny when used on the face for cosmetic reasons.
For 3 to 4 hours post-treatment, do avoid any vigorous activity. For even greater caution, stick to doing a workout at least 24 hours post-Botox or Dysport.
Don’t massage the treated area after Botox or Dysport
Refrain from massaging the treated area or you could risk displacing Botox or Dysport in unwanted areas. So, for this, avoid using any jade rollers or other face-sculpting tools, along with any microcurrent devices – like a handheld facial scrubber – for at least 2 weeks. During this time, the botulinum toxin would have kicked in fully.
Don’t panic over post-Botox bruises and bumps
It’s normal to see a few small bumps appear along the treated areas after the initial injections. These generally disappear after 5 to 20 minutes. Bruising is rare, but it can happen. If you do bruise, try applying a topical ointment to speed up recovery.
The effects of Botox/Dysport don’t happen immediately, so it’s important to be patient and not worry if you don’t see change in the treated area after a few days. Often, it can take 4 to 10 days to see the full effect of your treatment. And, since everyone’s facial structure is slightly different, an occasional touch up may be required about two weeks after the initial treatment.
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The landscape of injectable options continues to grow and evolve, but the key to natural-looking facial improvements starts with choosing a qualified expert injector. At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Burke Robinson and Michelle Giglio, PA-C, and Ivette Ballara, RN, BSN are all advanced cosmetic injectors with over a decade of experience in facial rejuvenation using cosmetic fillers.
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