At Tulsa Surgical Arts, many of our patients seek out BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as many other types of injectables, to improve the appearance of aging and wrinkling skin. Whether your issue is worry lines, frown lines, or crow’s feet, BOTOX® Cosmetic has a fantastic ability to target and improve the appearance of fine lines and more severe creases.
One of the most common questions BOTOX® Cosmetic patients ask us is what they should not do after their injections. Our triple-board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Angelo Cuzalina wants his patients to be informed about the procedures they’re considering. This blog breaks down three things you should avoid doing after BOTOX® Cosmetic and gives tips for how to get the most out of your treatment.
You may be tempted to touch or rub the injection sites and surrounding areas, but don’t. Although there is no associated downtime, BOTOX® Cosmetic takes approximately four hours to settle fully. During that time, BOTOX® Cosmetic bonds to the targeted muscle.
By rubbing or touching the injection, you run the risk of shifting and dispersing the Botox to a different, unintended muscle. Slight bumps, lumps, and redness at the injection site are not uncommon and will go away within the next few days. Also, know that it can take for up to one week for results to be fully apparent.
While there is no proven effect of lying down immediately following BOTOX® Cosmetic, most doctors still recommend that it is best to remain upright for the first four hours after treatment to avoid putting pressure on the injection sites and accidentally rubbing them if you turn over in your sleep.
If you do lie down, make sure to lie on your back. As the BOTOX® Cosmetic settles, you will want to avoid anything that could ‘squish’ your face. Correct lounging and sleeping habits post-treatment can help ensure optimal results.
Try to take it easy for the first 24 hours after treatment. Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are potentially exacerbated with any aerobic exercise. As your blood pressure rises, so does the chance for swelling, redness, and bruising. On a similar note, avoid extremely warm situations like a hot bath or a sauna in the first 24 hours.
Realistically, the chances are that you can do almost anything you want after your BOTOX® Cosmeticinjection with no adverse effects, including going out to eat, driving, shopping, and most light physical activities. Alcohol consumption is also okayafterBOTOX® Cosmeticbut could increase the risk of bruising if consumed within 48 hours before injections.
Personally, Dr. Cuzalina has enjoyed the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmeticinjections for years and has never noticed any ill effects regardless of his level of physical activity after treatment.BOTOX® Cosmeticinjections are extremely low-risk, no matter what you do afterward, but Dr. Cuzalina still recommends caution for the first 12 to 24 hours.
BOTOX® Cosmetic aftercare comes down to common sense. Do not do anything that could cause the BOTOX® Cosmetic to disperse to unintended muscles. That said, you are able to go on with your daily routine. As long as you are gentle and use a light touch, makeup and washing your face are fine. Shower as you normally would, but try to keep the water at a cooler temperature.
The most common risk associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic is bruising. Some people are just more prone to bruising than others, but you can do three things to decrease the chance of bruising dramatically:
You are not alone in your BOTOX® Cosmetic journey. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, Dr. Cuzalina will work closely with you to make sure that you feel fully comfortable with your BOTOX® Cosmetic preparation, treatment, and aftercare. Dr. Cuzalina is renowned by his patients and peers for the care, compassion, and skill he practices with. We also have four skilled, professionally trained nurse injectors available who perform these procedures.
Dr. Cuzalina serves Tulsa and nearby areas of Oklahoma. Call (918) 392-7900 today to schedule a consultation.