The global botulinum toxin (BoNT) market had an estimated value of $4.83 billion in 2019. Come 2027; experts project it to grow further to reach $7.71 billion.
One reason for botulinum toxin’s impressive value is its use in anti-wrinkle injections. After all, it’s the main ingredient in Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin. All these brands use safe and tiny doses of botulinum toxin A.
However, even if BoNT injectables are safe, they may still cause some side effects. Fortunately, you can prevent most of these by following our after-care strategies.
The nurses administering Botox at Vie Institute say this treatment doesn’t cause downtime. They even say you can wear make-up following the procedure. This is great news, as you may experience mild redness or tiny bruises at the injection sites.
Granted, mild bruising doesn’t develop in all cosmetic BoNT patients. Still, researchers say it can occur in about 11% to 25% of people.
If you’re going to put on make-up right after, make sure not to apply too much pressure on the treated sites. You shouldn’t massage, rub, or touch the areas for at least four hours after the procedure, either.
It’s vital not to place pressure on treated spots because the drug may migrate. If this happens, it may spread to the tissues surrounding the injection site. This may then cause temporary paralysis of the nearby muscles.
Keep Your Head Up
Your doctor or nurse will likely tell you not to lie or bend down within the next four hours after the treatment. That’s because these activities may also cause the drug to migrate or diffuse.
For the same reason, it’s also best if you sleep on your back and not on your face for the first night. Sleeping on your face would only place unnecessary pressure on the treated areas.
Bath or Shower With Cool Water
It’s fine to take a bath or a shower following your anti-wrinkle injections. However, be sure to use cool water, as hot water can promote vasodilation or the widening of blood vessels. Wider blood vessels allow more blood to flow, so they may also cause the BoNT drug to diffuse.
To play it safe, you might want to skip bathing or showering and just giving your face a gentle cleaning instead. This restriction is only for a day, anyway.
As with post-treatment showers or baths, use only cool or lukewarm water on your face. You should also apply as little pressure as you can to avoid depressing the treated areas.
Avoid Strenuous Activity for a Couple of Days
Exercise and sports bring incredible health benefits, but they can affect your treatment. For starters, these activities make your heart pump harder, thereby increasing blood flow. As a result, the BoNT solution in your face may migrate.
In addition, strenuous activities may cause you to move your facial muscles. You may not notice it, but you can make different facial expressions as you exercise. For example, you may furrow your brow, squint your eyes, or bite your lips.
All those movements can then put unnecessary pressure on the treated areas of your face. As such, they may also cause the anti-wrinkle solution to spread.
So, as much as possible, take it easy for at least one to two days following your treatment.
Follow These Tips to Get the Most Out of Anti-Wrinkle Injections
There you have it, your guide to the dos and don’ts after getting anti-wrinkle injections. As you can see, there’s no special after-care involved, just a few minor restrictions.
So, abide by these after-care tips, and your treatment should yield satisfactory results.
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