Since I offer free consultations to patients, I have received a lot of questions about what to expect after filler and BOTOX® injections. To help all of my blog readers, here are some important tips on what to do and not do after your cosmetic procedure.
Discomfort is Not an Issue
Since topical anesthesia is applied before some injectable fillers are administered, discomfort isn’t usually a side effect. The topical anesthesia has numbing ingredients to keep you from feeling most of the injections and any pain afterwards. Before the numbing agents wear off, the pain is long gone. Some formulations of fillers even have the numbing solution included in the filler product!
Ease Swelling with Ice
Some people who are sensitive to the injectable will experience some swelling or soreness, this is easily taken care of with an ice pack. Some patients put a bag of frozen vegetables on their face and find the swelling or soreness is gone in a just a few minutes.
Tylenol is an option if you’re at work or somewhere you can’t place a cold pack on your face to ease the minor discomfort. Just don’t use anything but Tylenol (such as ibuprofen or aspirin). Both of these medications can lead to bruising because they affect the blood’s ability to clot.
Avoid and Rid Bruising with Supplements
If bruising does occur (this is a rare occurrence), try arnica or bromelain supplements. Pineapple has also been shown to increase the healing speed of bruises.
Moving Muscles after Botox®
After receiving Botox®, move the muscles in the treated area periodically throughout the day. For example, if you have Botox® on your forehead, move your eyebrows up and down so your forehead muscles contract and release.
Proceed as Usual with Skin Care
You can use your skin care products the night of your Botox® treatment without a problem. By the time you go to bed, the areas where the Botox® was placed will be healed.
What NEVER to Do After Fillers and Botox®
You should never get the following immediately after filler injections or Botox®:
- Chemical peels
- Facial cleansing
- Steam rooms
- Vigorous exercise
- Hot showers
You should wait 24 hours to do any of these if you’ve had Botox®. It’s best to wait three days after receiving filler injections. I always tell my patients to call me before they decide to do any of the above to ensure they are not doing them too soon.
If you’re interested in fillers or Botox®, give me a call now. It is my passion to help people enhance their beauty with non-invasive cosmetic procedures. I serve communities in Suffolk County including East Setauket, Islip, West Hampton, Commack, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Rockville Centre, Babylon Village, Huntington Bay, and West Hampton, New York.
If you’re looking for a more dramatic and permanent change, mention this during your free consultation. I can refer you to a highly-experienced team of Long Island plastic surgery experts located in Commack & NYC who can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.