10. AFTER-CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Botox treatment typically doesn’t end with the administration of the injection. You still have to take some precautions if the treatment is to be effective and some undesirable effects are to be avoided. Immediately after Botox administration on your face, you should never lie down or massage the injection area for at least four hours. This is to prevent the drug from spreading to other regions of the face where it would only produce odd results. This concept is known as Botox migration and it is principally responsible for drooping of the eyelids occurring in many people after receiving Botox injections. You should take even more precaution if you received the injection around your eye. Your practitioner may also recommend face exercises at intervals. The exercises are typically recommended within one to four hours post treatment. The exercises are considered beneficial because Botulinum toxin attaches more strongly to nerves that send signals to muscles that are active or in regular use. Remember, no matter how beneficial your practitioner may say the exercise is it should never involve touching or rubbing your face.

Disinfection of the treated areas may be necessary to prevent infection. The wound inflicted on the injection site is always tiny and should not take more than a day to heal up. Within the 24-hour period, you should not touch your face with unwashed hands. If you start feeling persistent pain or notice excessive swelling or redness in the injection area, applying an ice pack should make your symptoms go away. You should wrap the ice in a towel before applying it on the affected area with slight pressure.

Complications are rarely seen if the Botox administration is handled by a professional. If the administration goes as planned, you should be able to return to work on the same day. You need not suspend your daily activities because you want to take a Botox shot as the drug would not impede your normal functioning.