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.
For more information on Botox and Dermal Fillers visit our website at www.lastinglooks.ca/botox-toronto and www.lastinglooks.ca/dermal-fillers-toronto