After having Botox in Mississauga, there are some do’s and don’ts you’ll want to be aware of to maximize healing. Botox, after all, is a surgery and like any other surgery, it requires careful attention and aftercare.
However, filler injections aren’t going keep you bedridden or unable to work — far from it actually. In fact, most people work the same day as receiving Botox and feel just fine. You may just need to adjust your lifestyle during your recovery period, which can last up to two weeks.
Once you have a botox treatment in Mississauga, you’ll need to let the filler injections settle to achieve your desired results. Follow this guide to find out the best ways to do this and speed up the healing process!
Do – Sit up, rather than lie down
Within 4 hours of receiving Botox it’s better to stay sitting up. The theory behind this is that lying down can disrupt the filler injections from settling properly and diffuse it from the desired injection site. The botox can’t travel to another area but it could be disrupted especially on contact that is more than a light touch. While this hasn’t been scientifically proven, many professionals who administer Botox in Mississauga say it is far less risky to follow this advice.
It’s also commonly recommended to make expressions for the first hour after surgery to ensure that the botox settles properly and that other muscles aside from the injection site, are functioning normally.
Don’t – avoid working out immediately
A big don’t is working out during the first 24 hours of your recovery period because it can reduce the effects of the Botox.
Dr. Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH, a New York Dermatologic surgeon, recommends that after Botox or any type of filler injections “you should resume exercise the following day because increased circulation can affect how it settles into the injection site before it fully gets absorbed into the neuromuscular junction.”
This applies to any kind of exercise — whether it’s a spin class, a session with your personal trainer or a home work out. Make sure you’re not running around too much either!
Do – Eat a healthy balanced diet, be careful with consuming blood thinning agents
If you’re not doing this already, you may want to ensure that you eat well and take care of yourself as best as you can after having botox in Mississauga. While there isn’t a specific list of foods to avoid or include, many doctors suggest to avoid taking additional vitamin E up to two weeks before receiving filler injections.
It is also important to look at the type of medications you consume on a regular basis. Aspirin, Advil (or Midol), and many anti-inflammatory drugs contain blood thinning agents that can affect how your botox settles and heals. Blood thinning agents should be avoided before and after your treatment to mitigate negative effects such as bruising.
Speak to your physician about anti-inflammatory medications to find out what you can take to manage any pain symptoms (if any) during aftercare.
Don’t – Drink alcohol and in some cases, smoke cigarettes
Alcohol is also a blood thinning agent. It’s best to avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol in the first 24-48 hours after a Botox treatment and a few days prior to one, to be safe.
If you are a smoker and have had filler injections in areas surrounding the mouth, it’s best to avoid smoking as well to maximize your results!
Do – Pay close attention to any reactions during the recovery period
It’s important to be informed about the side effects of Botox even if many of them are rare. When you’re dealing with a professional administering botox in Mississauga, you’re most likely going to heal through without any problems. However, it’s still important to watch the injection site and check in with your health during your recovery period.
Pay attention to signs of swelling, bruising, or any symptoms of allergic reactions like:
- Drooping eyebrow or upper eyelid
- Headaches & dizziness
- Flu symptoms
- Vision problems
- Dry skin or mouth
It’s completely and totally possible to have a relaxed recovery period after having Botox in Mississauga — especially now that you have the tools and tips from our mini aftercare guide.
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