To promote healing and maintain the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, Dr. David Passaretti can provide you detailed aftercare instructions. During recovery, we recommend gentle facial exercises for the first few hours, as well as soothing cold compresses to reduce bruising. You should also avoid any strenuous activity to prevent the solution from shifting out of place. At our Darien, CT, practice, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible results with a personalized BOTOX aftercare routine.*
Within the first hour of a BOTOX Cosmetic injection, you should begin to gently exercise the muscles treated. The most effective way to do so is by making facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling, gently raising your eyebrows, and squinting. These exercises will prompt the injection to spread throughout the muscle. In addition, you should not massage or rub the treatment area, or receive a facial or skin treatment for at least the first 24 hours.*
Within the first three hours, avoid lying down, doing any strenuous activities, or bending over for long periods of time. During this period, BOTOX may migrate to other parts of your face and cause unwanted drooping or swelling. It is also important to refrain from sleeping on your face immediately after receiving BOTOX treatments. Sleeping on your back will reduce any risk of the solution moving to undesirable areas. You should avoid aggressive skin manipulation, including microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and electrolysis, for at least a week after treatment.*
Some patients experience minor bruising around the injection site after a BOTOX treatment. Others notice small red spots or bumps on their skin. Bumps or marks typically fade within the first few hours. Light bruising may last up to a week after treatment and can be reduced with ice or the topical application of Arnica, which can accelerate the healing process. Patients may also experience a slight headache after BOTOX injections, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
You can expect results to become noticeable three to five days after your injections. Keep in mind that your results may appear uneven during this time. The medication absorbs into your muscles at different rates and will eventually settle into place. Patients can enhance their BOTOX Cosmetic results by investing in medical-grade skin care products, especially those that contain Vitamin C or Tretinoin. Vitamin C can strengthen the skin and improve laxity and texture, while Tretinoin helps rebuild the top layer of skin cells (or epidermis).*
Since 98 percent of skin damage results from UV rays, it is vital to wear sunscreen to help protect your skin with regular application of sunscreen. We recommend products with at least an SPF 45. You should reapply every four hours that you are exposed to the sun.
Receiving regular follow-up BOTOX injection treatments is an excellent way to maintain the appearance of your skin long-term.
Optimal results will require maintenance. For first time patients, BOTOX Cosmetic lasts approximately two to three months. After a few treatments, longevity of your results should increase. Receiving regular follow-up BOTOX injection treatments is an excellent way to maintain the appearance of your skin long-term.*
Dr. Passaretti offers a variety of non-surgical options to address aesthetic concerns. If you are interested in learning more about BOTOX Cosmetic or one of the other skin treatments available at our office, contact us online or call (203) 656-9999 to schedule a consultation.