If surgery just isn’t your thing or if your fine lines and wrinkles aren’t deep enough on your face to justify anything but injectables, then Botox may be the perfect thing for you. Derived from the toxin botulinum toxin A, Botox works to soften the facial muscles which in turn helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and across your forehead. If you are new to the whole world of Botox, we have got you covered with a list of three things not to do after you get these injections.
Don’t Rub It
With some dermal fillers, we encourage patients to rub around the injection site for 24 hours after injections to prevent bumps, but with Botox, we encourage patients to avoid rubbing it. Why? If you rub it too much, there is a chance that Botox will seep out of the injection site and cause strange side effects like drooping eyelids.
Avoid Large Amounts of Alcohol
Until you know how your body responds to Botox, we encourage patients to avoid heavy alcohol consumption for a few days after. Because alcohol is a natural blood thinner, it can cause you to bleed more at each injection site and may slow down your healing time. Although a glass of wine is okay, avoid having several drinks for about week.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen and Advil may be your bestie when you have a headache, but we encourage patients to avoid taking them for a week or two after Botox. Why exactly? Because just like alcohol, they are blood thinners and can cause you to bleed more at your injection site.
The good news about Botox is that there really isn’t much to recover from. In fact, you can get Botox on your lunch break and then go right back to work if you want. Are you ready to learn more about Botox injections from The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester? Schedule a consultation at our Rochester office and contac us at (585) 922-5840.