22 December 2016

Botox Treatment Recovery Tips

By Anna Woodward

When compared with other cosmetic treatment options, the road to Botox recovery is quite easy. Botox is a substance that is injected without anesthesia, and patients are released immediately following the procedure. The side effects are few and far between, with preventative measures available when risks do pose an issue. By knowing how to properly recover from your Botox treatment, you are effectively bettering your chances of obtaining the outcome you're after.

Step 1 - Immediately following the procedure, be sure to apply an ice pack to the injection area, keeping it in contact with the skin for a period of 10 minutes. The coolness from the ice pack will work to prevent bruising and swelling.

Step 2 - If you have work obligations or a social engagement, consider applying some light makeup to the injection site to minimize any redness that may have resulted from the procedure. An application of your favorite concealer should do the trick.

Step 3 - Do your best to avoid massaging or unnecessary pressure to the injection area. Massaging can have the result of spreading the Botox, which can work to paralyze the muscles surrounding the area that did not need to be treated. Wash your face lightly and try to sleep with your face upward, toward the ceiling.

Step 4 - Take some time to let you body recover and avoid heavy exercise for a period of at least 24 hours. Strenuous activities can cause the substance to migrate to other areas, paralyzing additional areas of the face.

Step 5 - Keep your head elevated for at least 3 to 4 hours following your appointment. Once again, this can help you avoid any unwanted migration.

Step 6 - Speak with your doctor in regard to any facial exercises that you may want to perform in order to test for facial muscles. You will likely be provided with a pamphlet along with a short demonstration to ensure you are aware.

Step 7 - Find out if there are any substances that you should avoid exposing your facial skin to during your recovery. Discuss various types of makeup, cleansers and moisturizers in order to avoid infection and any possible side effects.

Step 8 - Find out what you should expect the results to look like and compare your outcome after 24 hours. If you're not completely satisfied, just know that it may take an additional 3- 10 days to fully recover. Everyone reacts differently to Botox applications. Don't be overly concerned if your results are not immediate.

Step 9 - Schedule a follow-up appointment once the recovery is complete. Your doctor will likely be interested in the results of the procedure after the initial treatment in order to assess whether the dosage was correct.

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about your Botox options, the best place to turn is the office of a board certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in the treatment. He or she will best be able to provide you with the education and resources necessary to make an informed decision, and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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