Many patients are familiar with aftercare but there is actually several things a patient can avoid before their Botox treatment to minimize any side effects.
The most common side effect of Botox treatments is bruising. A practitioner will use techniques to try to avoid this, however the chance of bruising can be made worse by the use of drinking alcohol prior to treatment, anti-inflammatory medications, fish oils & Vitamin E.
Alcohol consumption dilates blood vessels, which can then increase bruising. It’s best to avoid alcohol 24-48 hours before and after your Botox treatment for optimal results.
Another culprit that increases bruising during a Botox treatment is aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve.
Fish oil, Ginko Biloba, St. John’s Wort and high doses of vitamin E can also cause an increased risk of bleeding and bruising at the treatment area. Avoid these for 7-10 days prior to procedure.
It is also strongly recommended to avoid having your Botox treatment if you are feeling unwell or on any antibiotics.
As with any injection, there are risks such as pain, bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness, and infection. This can be made worse if you are feeling unwell or are suffering from a cold, flu, insomnia or other illnesses.
To be ready for your Botox treatment, the best course is to speak with your practitioner and get all the information on what you can do before and after your treatment.