Botox for cosmetic use is a safe, easy procedure that has been in use since the early 2000s. Botox effectively smooths out lines and wrinkles for a younger, more rejuvenated you. While getting Botox has gained in popularity, there are some common do’s and don’ts that patients who are seeking Botox should know prior to their appointment in order to get the results desired. Here are just a few of those do’s and don’ts. Dr. Aeria Chang will discuss a more extensive list with you during your Botox consultation.
Do: Select a Qualified Doctor
Dr. Chang of Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine and Acne Center is an Allergan Platinum Plus solo injector. She has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the Botox arena. Dr. Chang’s experience makes her the perfect physician for your Botox injections. After a short consultation, Dr. Chang will skillfully administer the Botox directly into the muscles to be treated.
Don’t: Receive Facials, Peels, etc. for 24 Hours
It is important that the Botox injection site remain free from hazards or irritations for at least 24 hours after receiving Botox. This means that patients should avoid facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc., for at least 24 hours after injection. Patients should also avoid touching or massaging the injection site, as this can be irritating to the skin.
Do: Be Transparent and Open with your Doctor
When electing to have any cosmetic procedure, it is important for patients to be able to communicate openly and honestly with their doctor. Patients should be clear about their expectations and able to have any question answered in a satisfying way by their doctor. Without this type of relationship between doctor and patient, the patient may not get the desired results. Dr. Chang encourages patients to be as open and transparent has possible.
Don’t: Engage in Strenuous Physical Activity after Injection
Resuming normal activities after Botox is possible, as long as it is not too strenuous. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity after Botox because it may cause the Botox to migrate from the intended treatment site. For this reason, patients are also advised to remain upright, for at least the next 24-48 hours after treatment.
Do: Stop Blood Thinning Medications for One Week Prior to Injection
Prior to Botox injection, doctors recommend that patients discontinue use of any blood-thinning medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, Excedrin, Vitamin E., etc. This minimizes the potential for any Botox-related bruising that can occur.
Don’t: Use Botox if you are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Because Botox has not been clinically tested on pregnant or breastfeeding women, Beatitude does not recommend injections for this group. The health and safety of all patients is the utmost priority for Beatitude, and since there is no way to determine the safety of injecting Botox into those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not something that is practiced at Beatitude.
We hope this list of Botox do’s and don’ts has been helpful. As we stated before, Dr. Chang is able to provide her Botox patients with a more extensive list, as well as answer any questions or concerns a patient may have. For a free consultation with Dr. Chang, please call Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine and Acne Center at 619-280-1609.