Botox ,dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are of the most widely used cosmetic injectables used to enhance facial features and improve a more youthful appearance. To minimise the risk of possible side effects of these cosmetic injections, follow these simple steps:
- Avoid using any blood thinning medications or over the counter drugs one week before your treatment. Consult with your doctor beforehand if you are taking these medicines for medical reasons.
- Avoid taking garlic, primrose oil and Vitamin E a week before your scheduled treatment because of their blood thinning properties.
- Abstain from bleaching, waxing, tweezing or any hair removal cream on the areas to be treated 3 days before your treatment.
- Avoid drinking alcohol one day prior to treatment.
- Let your doctor if you are prone to any cold sore. There could be a risk for the needle punctures to contribute to another cold sore eruption. Let your doctor know all your health issues to address this problem.
- Do not have a botox or dermal filler treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, abstain from undergoing through these cosmetic injections if you have any allergy from its chemical ingredients and neurological disorder.
- Eat your breakfast before your treatment. Doing so will decrease the chance of you being lightheaded during your treatment.
- Do your research about who is performing your anti-wrinkle or botox injection so you are confident that they will do a good job, finding someone you can use regularly for anti-wrinkle treatment is a big bonus.
- Wash and clean your face on the day of your treatment. Wipe off any makeup or cosmetics on your face.
- Avoid receiving any facial or laser treatments for at least 10 days after your treatment. You may ask your doctor or physician if you aren’t sure about a specific timeframe of your treatment.
- Avoid massaging, picking or itching around the injected areas. Bruising, swelling, tenderness and redness is normal especially immediately after your treatment. Normally, it disappears within hours to few days. If, however, the swelling or bruise last for more than three days, seek immediate help from your doctor. Your doctor will give you medications to reduce or resolve the potential bruising.
- Avoid partaking in strenuous exercise for it could result in additional bruising.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Avoid intense heat activities such sunbathing, saunas, tannin, hot wax or hot tubs.
- Avoid extreme cold activities such as skiing or other types of winter sports.
- Avoid using any sensitive or high chemical facial cleanser.
- Apply sunscreen especially when going outside. 98% of all skin damage is caused by the sun. Wear a sunscreen to maintain the health and look of your skin. You can also use adding a powdered sunscreen to your daily routine.
- If you experience swelling, sleep face up and slightly elevated.
Contact your physician immediately if in case you experience the following:
Chills, fever, increasing or severe pain, redness in the area, discoloured blotches.
Botox and dermal fillers last for about 4 months up to a year while typical anti-wrinkle injections will last 3-6 months. Proper knowledge before and after its treatment will help you deal and prepare yourself for the possible side effects it may cause. We hope that the above instructions help you but ensure you always consult your doctor before undertaking any cosmetic medical procedures.