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Before your appointment
Here are some reminders for before your appointment:
If receiving a neuromodulator (Botox): Avoid herbal supplements such as Ginkgo, green tea, and anti-inflammatories of any kind for 2 weeks before and following treatment to limit bruising.
Treatment is not recommended if you have an important event within 2 weeks of the injection due to potential for bruising.
If you are receiving dermal fillers: Please let me know if you have any allergies to topical ingredients like lidocaine as this is used to numb the area before the procedure and is an ingredient in the filler itself. If you have an active cold sore, we may need to reschedule your appointment. If you are prone to cold sores, it is advisable to take your prescribed medication prior to your appointment to avoid a breakout.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the procedure or concerns.
After your appointment
Post care for Neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin):
For the first 5-6 hrs following Botox, periodically perform facial movements (smile, squint) in the areas of injection in order to work the Botox into the muscle.
Dont participate in activities that include heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, or straining for 2-3 hours. It takes approximately 2-3 hours for Botox to bind to the nerve and you do not want to increase circulation during that time.
Do not rub, massage, or manipulate Botox injection areas for 6 hours. Avoid irritating products for 24 hours following Botox. Avoid pressure on injections sites such as tight fitting hats and face down position.
Make-up may be applied gently before leaving the office. Remember to wipe up and away from your eyes.
Bruising in the area injected is a common side effect, especially around the eyes. I do everything I can to avoid bruising including using a small needle, injection technique, and avoiding known vascular areas. If bruising does occur, you can use/take Arnica to diminish bruising.
It may take up to 12 days for Botox to have full effect.
A follow up visit at 10 days -2 weeks is suggested to assess results for subsequent treatments, particularly if you are a first time client. If desired correction is not achieved, you will need to purchase additional Botox for injection.
Re-treatment is typically needed between 2-6 months. Regular injections usually yield a longer lasting Botox result.
If your upper lip is treated, you will not be able to drink through a straw, whistle, or enunciate some words for approximately 2 weeks.
Although rare, infection to the injected area is possible. Signs of infection may include redness and tenderness in the infected area and fever. Should you develop an infection, antibiotics may be necessary. Please contact me if you have any concerns.
Post care for Dermal Fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Versa):
Avoid touching the treated area of 6 hours. After that, light makeup can be applied and the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
Do not expose the treated area to intense heat (solarium or sunbathing) for at least 2 weeks.
Immediately after treatment, there may be slight redness, swelling, tenderness, and an itching sensation. This is normal. The inconvenience is usually temporary and generally disappears in less than 6 hours after the injection into the skin and less than 1-2 days after the injection. Occasionally, swelling may last longer. Some patients may experience swelling for a week and the area may look uneven during this time. This means the result directly after the treatment should not be seen as the final result. If you have previously suffered from cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another eruption of cold sores. If you are using aspirin or any similar medication, be aware that these may increase the bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Cold compresses or ice pack can also be used to reduce any swelling, itching, or discomfort.
The aesthetic products are temporary injectable fillers and the duration of the effect can vary from patient to patient. You may wish to consider additional treatments before the effect has completely dissipated .
For discomfort: You may wish to take a regular dose (325-1000 mg - depending on you size) of plain Tylenol every 4-6 hours after your treatment for a day or so. This will generally make you more comfortable. Applying ice to the treated area for 20 mins ever 4-6 hours for the first 12-24 hours after your treatment.