Walking into your first BOTOX Cosmetic or dermal filler appointment doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. If you have researched your options, prepped your skin, and know what to expect during your treatment, you’re well on your way to a stress-free experience.
Although your provider will be your best guide, here’s a general overview of what you can do to prepare yourself for your first injectable appointment.
Discuss All Medications With Your Provider
Before your appointment, inform your provider if you take any supplements or medications. It’s usually best to stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, Advil, or herbal supplements, one week prior to your treatment, as they can thin your blood. Blood thinners increase your risk of bruising after BOTOX or fillers.
Your provider may recommend Tylenol if you need a pain reliever before your appointment. If you take daily low-dose aspirin for a health condition, be sure to talk to your physician before discontinuing.
Don’t Use Abrasive Skin or Hair Removal Treatments
If possible, stick to a gentle cleanser and moisturizer for the few days before your treatment. Harsh facial and depilatory treatments before the procedure may lead to skin irritation and redness. If you are getting fillers around your mouth and eyes, apply a cream that contains Arnica and vitamin K to those areas to minimize bruising.
Schedule Social Events for After You Recover
Although you will need only minimal downtime after BOTOX and fillers, expect to see bruising and swelling after both procedures. Postpone social events for at least a few days after your treatment to give yourself time to heal and rest. Applying ice to swollen or bruised areas can help speed recovery, especially if you’ve had lip fillers.
Be Patient When Waiting for Results
Typically, you will see initial results about 3 to 5 days after BOTOX and immediately after hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. However, you won’t see the full effects of your injectable treatments right away since swelling and bruising at the injection site will partly obscure them. Remember, your results are unique to you, so give your body time to heal so you can fully enjoy your results.
Learn How To Sleep After BOTOX or Dermal Fillers
You will need to sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated for the first few nights after your BOTOX treatment. Sleeping on your side or stomach can make BOTOX migrate to other areas of your face and cause uneven results. Sleeping on your back after your filler treatment can help with swelling and keep your filler in place.
If you had a dermal filler treatment, try not to sleep on your face for at least a week after the treatment.
Following your provider’s recommendations before and after injectable treatments is the best way to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. Make sure to ask your provider all your questions so you feel fully prepared for your treatment. If you are ready to transform your face with BOTOX, dermal fillers, or both, request a consultation or call us at (949) 760-0600 to schedule an appointment.