Injectable Treatments: Do This, Not That!

Many adults, when they see the signs of aging or experience other beauty concerns, think of injectables as a first-line treatment. Injectables like Botox and dermal fillers represent an enormous facet of aesthetic medicine. These treatments enable adults to feel better quickly, with minimal downtime, and without the risks of surgery. Using injectables, many people postpone or never undergo plastic surgery to rejuvenate the face. It is reasonable to expect to see satisfying improvements after getting injectable treatment for wrinkle-reduction or facial contouring. Still, there are a few things you may need to do to have your best experience.

Do This

  • Schedule injectables as your last facial service, if you’re combining treatments. Many people address multiple concerns in one fell swoop. To achieve the best results from injectables, it is necessary to make sure the products placed beneath the skin are not disrupted. This means to have that massage before getting injectables. It means having your dental checkup beforehand. If you’re considering any service that will press facial tissue, schedule it before or at least one week after getting injectables.
  • Chill out. Some patients experience a little anxiety before getting injectables because of the perception that treatment will hurt. It doesn’t. Still, there is no need to endure unnecessary stress. If you’re concerned about comfort, you may apply a clean ice pack to the skin for about 10 minutes before your provider begins treatment. Ice can also be used in the same manner after treatment but is usually not needed.

Don’t Do This

  • Take aspirin. Some medications thin the blood. Aspirin is one example, ibuprofen is another. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory sold under brand names like Advil. To reduce the risk of bruising and swelling, take acetaminophen instead of NSAIDs or aspirin if needed. Begin a few days before treatment and maintain the practice for a few days before returning to your normal medications. If you take a prescription blood thinner, talk to your provider about ways to manage side effects without having to change your medication.
  • Drink alcohol. We remember the days when Botox Parties were the trendy thing to do. But when participants noticed that bruising was a common side effect, these gatherings become less common. The reason Botox Parties were associated with increased side effects was that alcohol was often a part of the festivities. Alcohol thins the blood so should be avoided about 24 hours before and 24 hours after your appointment.
  • Work out. To keep side effects to a minimum, we recommend avoiding strenuous physical activity and excessive heat for about 24 hours after getting treated.

We at Westport Dermatology love providing services that help our patients feel their best. To schedule your consultation for facial rejuvenation, call (203) 226-3600.

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