Just like anything else, our bodies will show the signs of aging. That wear and tear can be frustrating for many people, which is why there are so many anti-aging products techniques, and treatments to help people look and feel younger. One of the most popular is Botox. Unlike filler treatments, it works by loosening certain muscles and nerves. Since muscles are tighter as we age, it can cause wrinkles. Looser muscles help smooth out wrinkles, leaving the skin looking more youthful and vibrant. However, it can also cause the skin to be sensitive. Here are some tips for helping with aftercare.
This may sound difficult, but you should do your best not to lie down immediately after getting a Botox treatment. You might be tempted to go for a snooze afterward, but it would not be a good idea. When you sleep, you may roll over onto your face. This may cause an improper distribution of the drug to the area being treated making the procedure ineffective. You do not have to wait long, though. After 4 hours the drug should be fully entrenched, and you will be good to go to take a siesta.
Expect the Unexpected
Everyone’s skin will have a different reaction to Botox and any filler treatments they might have. Some people experience no side effects whatsoever. Some of the more common ones include swelling, bruising, and mild irritation around the injection site. One of the more annoying side effects is probably increased skin sensitivity. If that is the case, then it is important to use some moisturizing cream to keep the skin as comfortable as possible. You should also avoid things that might cause irritation to your newly injected skin in the immediate hours after treatment.
Ice, Ice, Baby
Botox and filler treatments involve injections. Injections can often lead to swelling and inflammation around the injection site. Gently hold an ice pack or some other sort of cold compress onto the affected area. This will give you some relief from the irritation and help reduce the swelling.
If You Can’t Take the Heat…
Then you’ve probably had a Botox injection. Since your skin might be extra sensitive, heat can really cause discomfort and irritation. If it is a hot San Antonio summer, then try to stay indoors as much as possible until any redness or swelling have died down. High temperatures will not just aggravate those symptoms, but it will increase the time it takes for them to go away.
Keep Your Hands Off Your Skin
You should always avoid touching your face, but especially right after you have had a Botox treatment. If the injection site is irritated, then not only can it be uncomfortable, but it can negatively affect your results as well. The injected drug could get dispersed incorrectly, which will make it less effective. No matter how irritated your injection site might be, keep your hands off it.
Be Patient with Botox
This tip is more for your peace of mind. You won’t see the full effects of your treatment right away. It can often take around 2 weeks to get the full effect. Do not get impatient. Stress only exacerbates skin problems, anyway. Trust that your skin will be noticeably younger looking when it’s all said and done.
Botox is a great option for many people who want to fight the effects of aging. By practicing a few aftercare techniques, you can make the process as easy as possible.