Both before and after undergoing any kind of procedure, you need to take the necessary care in order to ensure its success. The same goes for anti-wrinkle injections, more commonly called Botox. Getting Botox injections is far from major surgery; however, it’s still important that you do everything you can to help minimise the risk of infection or any side effects and complications.
We offer Botox in Belfast, Botox in Jersey and Botox in Guernsey, so we’re aware of everything to do with this procedure’s pre and aftercare. There are some things that you should and shouldn’t do before you undergo the treatment and after you’ve had it, so which best practices should you follow to ensure the success of your anti-wrinkle injections?
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is widely used in aesthetic medicine to help prevent and correct facial lines and wrinkles; it’s also used to treat several medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy and hyperhidrosis. Also known as excessive sweating, this condition can be a cause of embarrassment for many who struggle with normal daily activities, including physical contact and exercising.
Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium Bacterium; small amounts are capable of relaxing dynamic wrinkles and smooth the skin. Botox treatments usually take between 15 and 30 minutes and are a safe and effective cosmetic procedure with minimal side effects and recovery time.
What Things Should You Consider Before Pre Botox?
Before booking your appointment, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to ensure the best results.
Choose Medical Professionals
It’s important to choose a team of professionals that are highly trained and experienced, from doctors to aesthetic nurses. The Aesthetic Skin Clinic’s team members have many years of experience, as well as extensive knowledge and skill with injectable-based procedures; this means they can not only advise you on the best treatment, but they will also offer you the results you’re looking for.
Don’t Go for Bargains
The last thing you want to do is bargain-hunt for cheap Botox injections. In the best-case scenario, you get a diluted dosage of the product; in the worse-case one, you may not get the right product in the first place. In addition, the quality of the Botox could be compromised, which means the injectable may not be safe.
Another thing to take into consideration is the importance of managing your expectations on the number of sessions or upkeep you’re willing to do. For example, if you want your complexion to always look bright and refreshed, you may want to undergo the procedure a couple of times a year; if you wish to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and maintain this look, around five or six times a year may be the best option. Be aware of what your overall goals are, and we can discuss a plan with you to ensure you meet these goals.
Pre Botox Treatment Care Tips
Your doctor will tell you everything you need to know about your treatment, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have and follow the necessary care routine prescribed.
However, we also understand that you may want to start preparing for your procedure by researching the necessary care routine you’re going to have to undertake! The pre-care advice is simple:
- It’s crucial that you don’t consume alcoholat least 24 hours before undergoing Botox injections, as the substance can thin the blood and increase the possibility of bruising.
- You should also avoidmedications like blood thinners or anti-inflammatories.
- Likewise, avoid shavingin the area that will receive Botox (whether with wax, laser or cream), as well as avoid products with ‘anti-aging’ substances, like retinol, glycolic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid.
- In addition, make sure you’re not wearing makeup on the day of the procedure and that you eat well as, otherwise, you might feel lightheaded during the treatment.
The Best Botox Aftercare Tips
Aftercare is just as important, if not more, as pre-care, so make sure you’re doing everything right by discussing it with your doctor.
- Some of the most common aftercare tips include the fact that you don’t want to touch, massage or rub the affected area in any way for at least 24 hours, so as to prevent the Botox from spreading to other muscles.
- Additionally, avoid strenuous exerciseor activities as well, and don’t lie down for, at least, four hours after the procedure, so that the Botox won’t move to other areas.
- Don’t undergo other treatments, like microdermabrasion, facials and chemical peels at least 24 hours after the procedure as well.
- Staying out of the sun for a while it’s also a good idea, at least until any redness or swelling has gone down.
- A cold pack or gel can help you to reduce swelling and minimise bruising, but it’s important to avoid pressure, even after a couple of days, to ensure the success of the Botox.
Contact ASC for any Botox Aftercare Worries
It’s common for the results of the treatment to take up to around two weeks to take full effect, so wait until this time has passed before assessing whether or not you’re happy with the results. We’re here for you every step of the way if you’re looking for Botox in any of our locations, so don’t hesitate to talk to us if have any questions, whether it’s about pre-care or aftercare. We also offer other treatments for skin tightening in Belfast, Guernsey and Northern Ireland as well as treatments for anti wrinkle in Belfast, Guernsey and Jersey. Contact us today for more information on all non-surgical treatments and surgical treatments.