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Cosmetic Injections Aftercare? What’s That?

After care is sometimes considered an after thought when we have a million things going on all day everyday. But one of the best ways to get your best results and avoid undesired effects after any fillers or Botox is by following your aftercare instructions.

Botox is used by many people around the world to cosmetically and therapeutically treat a range of issues. Therapeutically it can help treat excessive sweating under your arms as well as treat those who suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and Chronic Migraines. Cosmetically Botox can soften facial fine lines and wrinkles that have developed over years of excessively animating your face.

These needles the nurses and doctors use to give you those softened features are going into your skin and muscle. And like any improvement or treatment we pursue, we want to maximize what we can get from it. Think of your aftercare instructions like the insurance on your investment in antiaging.

Botox After Care

Some main rules to follow with after care post Botox injection is not to massage or rub the Botox injection sites. Once Injected, Botox is absorbed by nerve cells that are attached to your muscle. It takes time for Botox to take effect on your muscle contraction and this is why we want you to leave that area undisturbed (2020, Healthline Media).  

Another few rules to remember for your Botox aftercare are to not do any sort of strenuous physical activity after treatment, as physical activity increases blood flow. Additional blood flow to the areas injected may cause bruising and may also facilitate the spreading of the Botox to unwanted areas. When treating certain areas of the face, moving the Botox downwards or upwards may cause it to hit another muscle then the one intended.

Try not to lie down for approx 4 hours after treatment. This may cause the Botox to move to areas that it was not intended. What to avoid after Botox is receiving any facials, massages, or treatments to your face, as movement to the face may cause transfer of the Botox into other areas (2020, Healthline Media). Avoid these treatments for 24 hours after your treatment.

Botox can begin to take effect in as little as 3 days of treatment. For full results, it takes approximately 2 weeks. Botox requires re-treatment within 3-4 months as it begins to wear off and movement increases in your muscles. It is advisable to continue treatment at this 3-4 month mark to continue receiving the results you want.

Filler After Care

Filler, or cosmetic facial fillers like Juvederm, are made of Hyaluronic Acid and are injected into the lines, folds, and tissues of the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by restoring volume to applicable areas. They can also be used to mimic bone structure, specifically to the cheeks and jaw. Be aware when you have fillers injected that you make experience some redness, pain, and/or swelling to the area.

What to avoid after filler treatment is applying makeup to the areas while the injection sites heal. Waiting 12 hours after filler injections to apply makeup can help undesired effects such as granulomas and infection.

As with Botox, please do not rub or massage the sites where filler was injected, as your injector placed your filler where it needs to go respective of the desired outcome. If any non-painful lumps are noticed following your filler treatment, be patient. It can take up to one month for filler to fully settle and more naturally integrate with your own tissues.

The use of ice packs following filler treatment can be helpful for swelling, as well as over-the-counter antihistamines.

You can go about your regular daily activities such as showering and skincare management, but try to keep the injections sites clean and dry for the first 12 hours after your injection.

Scheduling a two-week follow-up appointment is always beneficial to ensure your treatment provider the opportunity to assess the outcome of your treatment and to answer any remaining questions you may have. Consultation and follow-up appointments are always complimentary at Ageless Living. We strongly believe in ensuring the satisfaction and safety of all of our patients.

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Megan McCreadie

Megan is a Licensed Practical Nurse who graduated from Portage College in 2019. She has experience working in Long Term Care and Acute care in both Alberta and British Columbia. Ever since nursing school, Megan has always had a passion for dermatology & aesthetic medicine and knew she wanted to pursue a career in this field. Megan joined the Ageless Living team in 2021 and works closely with Dr. Dekker assisting in medical procedures such as excisions and biopsies. She is also the main provider of our Therapeutic Botox treatments as well as non-surgical mole removals. Additionally, Megan works alongside our cosmetic nurse injectors, performing both cosmetic Botox and filler treatments.