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.
Botox, one of the most popular anti-aging treatments out there and one of the most misconstrued. There are many misconceptions that surround Botox, and these can confuse someone who is wondering whether or not to have Botox injections.
Let us address 5 of the Top Misconceptions about Botox.
The 1st misconception, is that Botox will leave you expressionless. This is false.
It’s true that we have all seen the few celebrities who have had too much Botox resulting in no movement and frozen a look. This is not typical of a Botox treatment. Botox is a FDA approved neuromodulator which relaxes the overactive muscles that cause frowning, crow’s feet, and chin puckering etc. Administering the appropriate amount of Botox through a trained professional to the desired area will allow movement of the necessary muscles and stop overactive muscles. Therefore your expression will still be you, just without the fine lines.
2nd misconception, Botox is addictive. There are no addictive properties in Botox. Botox results are temporary, wearing off naturally after 3-4 months. If the use of Botox is discontinued, gradually wrinkles will slowly return over time as the aging process continues. Patients that are happy with their results and want to maintain them generally have regular Botox treatments at normal intervals for upkeep. It is up to the patient to decide when and if they would like to have their Botox done again.
The 3rd misconception, Botox is toxic. Botox is the purified protein version of the Botulinum toxin. Although Botox is not toxic, there are inferior brands of neuromodulators, misleadingly called “Botox”. These products do not have FDA approval and can cause damage. Take your time finding a reputable practitioner and make sure if you are getting Botox injections that the practitioner is using the the FDA approved brand Botox by Allergan.
Our 4th misconception is that Botox is painful. When receiving Botox, patients can expect to feel a needle as it is injected into the skin, however this is momentary and there is no continued discomfort or pain of any sort. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, Botox can be administered with little to no discomfort and with little to no bruising.
The 5th and last misconception is that Botox is only for one kind of person. Botox is for anyone and everyone age appropriate who wants to stop wrinkles or to start preventative Botox. Both men and women of various backgrounds and ages can benefit from Botox.
Botox misconceptions will always exist, but you can be rest assured that at Lasting Looks Clinic we will do everything we can to make you feel confident in your choice of practitioner by providing the best treatment and results for each patient.
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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.
For more information on Botox and Dermal Fillers visit our website at www.lastinglooks.ca/botox-toronto and www.lastinglooks.ca/dermal-fillers-toronto