Six Mistakes to Avoid When Getting Botox Done
Botox has become an increasingly popular treatment in both cosmetic and medical communities. While it’s most commonly used for its effectiveness in reducing the appearance of wrinkles,botox injections can also effectively treat chronic migraines, neck spasms, excessive sweating, overactive muscles, and to reduce muscle size and strength.
We often get questions about the advantages and disadvantages of Botox as well as any potential Botox side effects. In response, we first note that Botox is a safe and often effective treatment when performed by a trained and experienced provider. Next, we share some tips that can help patients ensure the effectiveness of their treatment while also decreasing the risk of complications. Here are six of the most common mistakes to avoid to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly.
Do not rub or massage your face for four hours after having a Botox injection. Applying pressure to the treated area can cause the Botox to spread to unwanted areas. Not only will this make your treatment less effective, but it could also result in relaxation of unintended muscles in other areas.
Be mindful about how you move after Botox. We advise patients not to lie down, bend over, or exercise for the first four hours after a Botox injection. These activities increase blood flow to the face, which can more or less wash away the Botox before it has fully diffused to the treated areas.
Avoid alcohol immediately before and after receiving Botox. If you have bruised in the past or are concerned about bruising, it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before and after your treatment. Alcohol won’t impact the effectiveness of Botox, but it is a vasodilator, meaning it stimulates the relaxation and expansion of blood vessels. This increases blood flow near the surface of your skin and causes small puncture sites to continue to bleed and cause bruising. It also can increase the risk of bruising by inactivating platelets, the cells that stop bleeding.
Limit sun exposure. Patients should avoid exposure to the sun and saunas after Botox. Sunlight can cause pigmentations in skin that has been punctured by needle injections, so it’s a good idea to limit or avoid sun exposure in the days following an injection. Saunas should be avoided for the first four hours after getting a Botox procedure done, but are acceptable after that. Cold temperatures should have no impact at all.
Always make sure that you are working with an experienced provider and that they follow all best practices. Having a qualified provider is perhaps the most important way to ensure that your treatment is effective and that there are no complications. Always ensure that you are working with someone who has the proper training and qualifications. Here are some things to keep in mind when asking questions prior to treatment:
- It might not be a good idea to inject your forehead without also treating frown muscles, as this can result in “brow heaviness.”
- A properly placed brow lift may be beneficial so that muscles practice and stay up over time.
- Your provider should consider including bunny lines when doing crows feet so that you don’t get diagonal lines.
- You should consider getting Botox in your chin so that dimples don’t permanently form over time. However, avoid the sides; the center is the only safe zone.
- When injecting masseters, which is the treatment of the jaw muscles responsible for grinding and clenching, your provider should try to stay posterior to avoid affecting your smile.
When done properly, Botox is both safe and effective. Our team of medical professionals has the training and experience to help make your treatment easy and reduce the risk of complications. If you are considering Botox and have any questions or concerns, call us today to schedule a consultation.