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Pre and Post Botox Advice and Tips

Updated: Jan 11

Preparation and aftercare play crucial roles in ensuring a successful Botox experience.

Here's a comprehensive guide on what to do before and after your Botox treatment:

Preparing for Botox:

1. Research and Choose a Qualified Professional:

- Ensure your chosen practitioner is a licensed medical professional with experience in administering Botox injections.

- Read reviews and ask for recommendations to find a reputable provider.

2. Consultation:

- Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have.

- Be open about your medical history, current medications, and allergies to ensure a safe procedure.

3. Avoid Blood Thinners:

- In the days leading up to your appointment, avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen to minimize the risk of bruising.

4. Stay Hydrated:

- Well-hydrated skin tends to respond better to Botox. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your treatment.

5. Plan Your Schedule:

- Schedule your Botox treatment at a time when you can rest afterward. While downtime is minimal, it's essential to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours.

Post Botox Care:

1. Follow Aftercare Instructions:

- Pay attention to any specific aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner.

- This may include avoiding certain activities or skincare products immediately after the treatment.

2. Avoid Massaging the Treated Areas:

- Refrain from touching or massaging the treated areas for the first 24 hours to prevent the spread of the toxin.

3. Apply Ice Packs:

- If you experience any swelling or bruising, apply ice packs to the treated areas in short intervals. This can help reduce inflammation.

4. Stay Upright:

- Sleep with your head elevated for the first night to minimize swelling.

5. Be Patient:

- Botox results are not immediate. It takes 1-2 weeks to see the full effects and optimal results.

6. Avoid Strenuous Exercise:

- Steer clear of intense physical activities for at least 24 hours post-treatment to prevent the migration of the injected substance.

7. Stay Sun-Safe:

- Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure, especially in the treated areas. Use sunscreen and wear a hat to shield your face.

8. Schedule a Follow-Up Appointment:

- Consider scheduling a follow-up appointment with your practitioner to assess the results and make any necessary adjustments.

9. Can I safely travel by air:

Generally, flying after Botox is safe, but it's advised to wait at least 24 hours before hopping on a plane. During the first day post-treatment, it's essential to allow the Botox to settle into the targeted muscles and avoid any potential complications that may arise from changes in cabin pressure and altitude.

Remember, individual experiences may vary, so it's crucial to follow your practitioner's advice for the best outcome. If you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

Here is a copy of the aftercare advice which will be sent to you after your Botox treatment:


The following aftercare advice is essential to help reduce the risk of treatment complications, to improve your comfort/healing, and to help achieve the best possible results from treatment.

After treatment, the skin may be red, swollen, and sometimes bruised at the injection sites. These after-effects will resolve naturally, usually within a few days however it may take up to 2 weeks for more extensive bruising to resolve. Occasionally you may experience a headache after treatment which may last 1-2 days. Usually, this is controlled by taking simple over-the-counter pain killers such as paracetamol.

Please follow the aftercare advice for Botox/Anti-Wrinkle injections.

• Avoid applying makeup to the treated area for 24 hours, this can help reduce the risk of infection.

• Avoid any extremes of temperature for the next 24 hours, for example, have a tepid shower or bath rather than hot.

• Avoid exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment.

• Do not go swimming or use saunas or steam rooms for at least 24 hours posttreatment.

• No excessive alcohol on the day of the treatment.

• Do not lie flat or face down for at least 4 hours after treatment. Remain upright for 4 hours after treatment, this can help to reduce product migration.

• Avoid touching or rubbing the treated after for at least 24 hours after treatment, doing so may affect treatment results.

• Avoid any further cosmetic procedures to the treated area for 2 weeks following treatment, including permanent makeup and skin treatments.

• You must seek medical attention and contact your practitioner if you experience any signs or symptoms of infection after treatment. Infection can present as hot, red shiny skin, there may be pus formation and you may have a fever or feel generally unwell.

• You must seek emergency medical attention if you experience any severe allergy symptoms after treatment. Symptoms may include rash, facial swelling and breathing difficulties.

• Contact your practitioner as soon as possible if you notice any other unwanted side effects.

• Allow 2 weeks before assessing the results of treatment. If after 2 weeks there is any persistent unevenness or the product has not fully taken contact your practitioner for review.


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