Prior to any treatment, we require a consultation with one of our highly trained clinicians in order to assess the area of concern, discuss your expectations, and create a treatment plan. All Botox information presented here is general, and any specific concerns you have should be disclosed to your practitioner during consultation.
Botox information for before treatment
No Anti-Inflammatory Medication
While you should always discuss this with your clinician prior to treatment, it is generally advised that any pain relief taken prior to your treatment should be non-anti-inflammatory, like paracetamol. Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications can worse any bruising experienced following treatment. You should always disclose any medication you are on to your clinician prior to any treatment.
Static Lines VS. Dynamic Lines
Wrinkle injections can be used to reduce the appearance of dynamic lines (that are only visible during expression), but will not get rid of static lines (that appear even when the face is at rest). If you have a mixture of static and dynamic lines, you should discuss this with your practitioner, who may recommend using botox and dermal fillers in a combination treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox Information - Aftercare
Following a Botox® treatment, your practitioner should go over aftercare information with you, but general rules are:
Alcohol can exacerbate any bruising from treatment, so should be avoided before and after treatment. It is recommended that you leave a minimum of 24 hours between having wrinkle injections and drinking alcohol, but most practitioners will suggest 48 hours to reduce any negative effects.
No Strenuous Exercise
This can cause bruising and, in extreme cases, movement of Botox® to other areas of the face. You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours, as well as activities like yoga, in which you may be inverted.
We recommend leaving 24-48 hours between being treated and flying as changes in air pressure can alter the way Botox® affects your face.
If you do develop bruising, you can use arnica to reduce the appearance of this.
Certain medications can cause adverse effects with wrinkle relaxing injections, like anticoagulants or anti-inflammatories, therefore you should discuss this with your doctor prior to any treatment.
Pregnancy And Breastfeeding
Most doctors will recommend avoiding wrinkle injections while pregnant or breastfeeding, due to a lack of research on whether Botox® has adverse effects.
What does Botox® do?
Botox® is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, manufactured by Allergan, a neurotoxin that is used to selectively relax facial muscles in order to create a smoother appearance to overlying skin. Our doctors are highly trained in creating a reduced-wrinkle appearance without leaving you with a ‘frozen’ look, retaining lines of expression for a natural result.
Full results will begin to appear at 3-5 days post-treatment, and optimal results are visible at around 14 days after. Botox has a longevity of approximately 3-4 months, though this will vary according to the area being treated.