People who want to address the signs of facial aging or enhance certain parts of their facial appearance commonly turn to injectables. Products like Botox and dermal fillers are known for their safety and effectiveness. They’re also pretty much the most convenient beauty treatments around today. A brief office visit now and then can successfully smooth lines and creases, plump the lips and cheeks, and generally bring more harmony to the face. Because injectables are so popular, it is important to understand what you should do (and not do!) before and after treatment.
- Schedule your treatments mindfully. Injectables plump and smooth. They don’t address sun damage, enlarged pores, and other common concerns. With that in mind, many people think about scheduling injectables alongside other treatments. Botox and dermal fillers can be combined in the same visit, but other treatments usually cannot. If you are interested in another facial procedure, such as laser resurfacing, schedule that first. You should also not have a massage or dental work done soon after getting injectable treatment. Do it beforehand or wait a week or two. That way, the risk of displacing the injected product is virtually zero.
- Ice if you need to. Some people feel very nervous about getting injectables. They worry that treatment will be painful. It isn’t, but your peace of mind is important. If you’re concerned about your injectable treatment, you can apply a clean ice pack for about 10 minutes before your session. Likewise, if injections cause soreness, apply an ice pack for about 10 minutes to soothe the area.
- Switch up your pain relief. We don’t expect patients to need pain relief from their injectable treatment. However, if you need to take medication for a headache or other type of pain, take acetaminophen, not aspirin or ibuprofen. Medication like Tylenol is effective without thinning the blood and increasing the risk of bruising.
- Hit that Happy Hour. Consuming alcohol 24 hours before and 24 hours after getting injectable treatments can increase the risk of bruising.
- Hit the gym too soon. We recommend waiting 24 to 48 hours before resuming high-intensity activities. If it gets your heart rate up, it could increase your risk of bruising.