5 Common Post-Botox Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

While Botox may seem like a magic eraser for wrinkles and fine lines, your choice of provider is essential to your satisfaction with your treatment. Issues such as asymmetry or an unnaturally “frozen” facial expression are uncommon when a skilled, experienced, and trained injector performs your treatment. However, some consumers may be drawn in by clinics or salons offering discount prices. That’s why Botox horror stories and tales of results gone wrong go viral on the internet every few months. 

If you’re short on time and cannot afford potential pitfalls or side effects before an upcoming event where you want to look your best – like a wedding, reunion, or summer vacation – here are a few tips for things you shouldn’t do if you want to steer clear of post-treatment issues with Botox.

1. Rubbing or Massaging 

Applying pressure to your face within hours after injection, especially to the treatment site, could spread the injectable outside target locations and create a lopsided result, causing unnecessary muscle relaxation. Avoid massaging or rubbing or applying makeup or skin care products for at least four hours after your treatment session.

2. Resuming Activities Too Soon

Exercising after Botox treatment might encourage the product to migrate to unwanted areas. In addition, any increase in blood circulation could dilute Botox, reduce its efficacy, and compromise its benefits. 

3. Drinking Alcohol

Because alcohol thins your blood, consuming alcoholic beverages 24 hours before or after your treatment may increase the risk of bleeding at the injection site. 

4. Going out in the Sun

Sun exposure too soon after Botox treatment could increase your risk of hyperpigmentation at the injection sites. So, protect your skin with sunblock or stay out of the sun for several days. Many patients invest in a wide-brimmed hat to wear, so they can carry their shade with them after Botox. 

Other intensive heat sources include saunas, Jacuzzis, or steam rooms that increase blood flow and the risk of bruising and swelling. 

5. Choosing an Unqualified Provider

For your safety and to ensure maximum results, you should only trust your treatment to medical professionals with extensive experience in facial anatomy and health care. For example, Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash has consistently delivered outstanding aesthetic outcomes to his patients in the greater Vancouver area for 30 years. He offers surgical and non-surgical procedures to help people reach their cosmetic goals. If you want to enhance your facial appearance with neuromodulators or dermal filler injections for quick and convenient treatment, call (604) 522-5199 or schedule a consultation today!