Botox is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures worldwide for reducing or eliminating facial wrinkles and lines. It is non-invasive, relatively affordable, and requires minimal downtime – you could even squeeze a session during lunch and go back to work right after.
As with all cosmetic treatments, however, it is important that you observe the following guidelines after getting Botox in Solihull:
Never Rub the Treated Sites for 24 to 48 Hours
This is important to avoid accidentally spreading the Botox to other areas of your face. This means that you should refrain from putting any sort of pressure on the treated area.
Refrain from Lying Down for at least 2 Hours
It usually takes about 90 minutes for the Botox to work and bind to your muscles so most doctors advise against lying down within an hour and a half to two hours following the treatment. In addition, you should sit upright for at least four hours after your Botox session because a significantly small number of patients have experienced the Botox diffusing, which resulted in ptosis or upper eyelid drooping.
Work Those Muscles
Some doctors advise patients to move the targeted muscles to assist them in absorbing the Botox faster and to boost their ability to block nerve signals that trigger movement, and in turn, lines and wrinkles. Whilst there is only little evidence to support this recommendation, it will not hurt to try, right? After all, all you have to do is frown, pucker your lips, raise your eyebrows, and/or smile for an hour.
Do Not Exercise for 12 to 24 Hours
Exercise, even gentle yoga or stretches would transport blood to your face and could spread the Botox to other areas of your face. Additionally, sweating boosts heart rate and blood pressure, which increases the risk of bruising on the injection site.
Avoid Facial Treatments for at least 24 Hours
Facial treatments include chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion and lasers, among others. This could lead to the Botox spreading out to unintended sites.
Most important of all, however, follow your doctor’s specific advice to achieve the best possible results. Note that these are general guidelines and your doctor might recommend other aftercare guidelines specific to your case.