Botox is a FDA-approved neuromodulator that relaxes muscles to soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
A common question is, can a patient have alcohol after their Botox treatment? The simple answer is No!
Patients are strongly encouraged to avoid consuming alcohol before and after their Botox treatment.
Why avoid alcohol? There are a number of reasons.
Reason number one is that alcohol thins the blood which in turn can increase bruising. When receiving Botox, patients are injected in various areas using needles to pierce the skin. With any injection there is a small chance of bruising. However, drinking alcohol after a Botox injection can worsen a bruise that may otherwise have been unnoticeable under the skin.
Alcohol consumption after a Botox treatment will result in the widening of your blood vessels. This can cause swelling which then leads to additional complications to your Botox injections.
Alcohol has direct effects on platelet function, which can cause your blood to form a clot. This can thin your blood just like aspirin, which can cause bruising and swelling.
With any injection, there are risks such as pain, bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness, and infection. Consumption of alcohol before your treatment may increase the chance of bruising despite the skill of the practitioner.
No one wants to bruise, so to avoid this from happening be sure to stay away from alcohol for up to 24 hours before and after your Botox or Dermal Filler treatment. Patients should also avoid aspirin, aleve, motrin, and vitamin E one week before their injections.
There are varying opinions from physicians as to whether or not the effects of alcohol and other aftercare precautions affect the outcome of Botox and Dermal Filler treatments. The bottom line is that alcohol will not affect the Dermal Filler or Botox itself, but it does have the chance of exacerbating some other side effects.
To have optimal results speak with your practitioner and get all the information on what you can do before and after your treatment.
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Botox has very few side effects; however, one of the most troubling side-effect is ptosis.
Ptosis is a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid known to be caused by inadvertent migration of Botox to the eyelid elevators. This migration causes a loss of tone in the brow and eyelid muscles.
Ptosis can occur if too much Botox is injected or if it’s injected into the wrong place by an inexperienced injector.
This side effect, can appear anywhere from hours to weeks after the injection.
The amount of time your ptosis lasts depends on how serious the migration of the Botox was in the first place, meaning how much of it actually came in contact with the levator palpebrae muscles.
When receiving your Botox treatment, the practitioner will go through the dos and don’ts of Botox aftercare. These should be followed at all costs to prevent any complications or chance of migration of Botox.
Patients are strongly advised to avoid looking down for long periods of time, rubbing the area, exercising, or applying pressure for 4 to 5 hours following treatment. These precautions must be taken to ensure the Botox does not migrate to any other unwanted area leading to possible ptosis.
While drooping eyelids are bothersome, they are not permanent. The condition is self-correcting, and will most likely wear off before the Botox does. Once it has worn off, a patient will return to their natural state.
Several types of eye drops such as Iopidine 0.5% have been found to be effective in the treatment of transient ptosis. These drops can help alleviate the droop within a few weeks to a month.
Common complications of Botox are ptosis (drooping eyelid), crooked smiles, and asymmetrical eyebrows. These all derive from Botox migrating and interfering with muscles around the targeted area.
Does this mean that Botox is not a reliable or safe product?
The most common reasons for these complications rest with the practitioner and the patient, and not on the product.
If you were in need of surgery, would you allow just anyone to operate on you? Would you choose the surgeon that gave you the lowest price or had the earliest time slot open? Unfortunately, many people apply these factors when looking for Botox injections. The skill and expertise of the practitioner is a major factor of treatment.
Dr. David Ellis MD, FRCSC, FACS., a Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon and Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Otolaryngology was quoted saying “It’s important to be aware of the potential complications, and imperative to choose an experienced surgeon,”. Botox injections are simple; however, it is important to make sure that the right amount of Botox is injected into the right area for that individual patient.
An experienced and properly trained practitioner will take into consideration the patient’s own facial anatomy to make certain that the Botox does not migrate from its targeted location and interfere with other muscles around the face.
Dr.Ellis continues stating, “Make sure they (the practitioner) specializes in the procedure you want. Are eyelids their area of expertise rather than nose jobs? Interview the doctor. Will you be happy with this doctor treating you if you have a complication?”
The next factor to a Botox treatment is the patient. Before and after Botox injections, it is also what the patient does and does not do that will affect the results. For example, certain products such as aspirin, fish oils, etc will raise the likelihood of bruising at the injection site. If a patient rubs the area or engages in strenuous exercise after Botox, it is possible to relocate the Botox from the intended site which may create negative side effects. This is why a patient’s aftercare is essential to ensuring the best results.
So should you fear Botox?
Do research and choose a professional experienced practitioner, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take care of any instructions given to you from your doctor before and after your treatment. By taking these steps you can be relaxed and confident that your treatment will give you the desired results you are looking for.
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