• Botox Aftercare

Dr.Nyla recommends Botox for the treatment of fine lines. She would recommend the below aftercare advice regarding anti wrinkle injection treatment. As with any medical treatment do not hesitate to contact your doctor for more details bespoke to you and your treatments.

So you are going to be given an injection of Botox, please notify your doctor immediately if you suffer from any of the following signs or symptoms following the treatment:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Feeling faint or short of breath
  • Allergic reaction (swelling of the face and airwave)

What are dynamic wrinkles?

Ageing is accompanied by the appearance of two types of wrinkles; dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle over-activity, frown (or glabellar) lines belong to this category, and static wrinkles associated with loss of volume; nasogenian creases (semi-circular lines making the boundary of the cheek and mouth area) are an example of these.

 

What is Botox?

Nerve endings release a chemical substance, acetylcholine, which transmits contraction information to the muscle. Botox is a type A botulinum toxin whose role is to temporarily block the release of acetylcholine. The muscle is then relaxed and the wrinkles is reduced.

Frown lines are caused by the contraction of three muscles, the procerus, located between the eyebrow, and the corrugators above each eyebrow. Botox is injected into these different muscles that cause the line. The frontails and orbicularis muscles can also be injected.

 

What are the recommendations prior to the injection?

  • Tell your Doctor if you are suffering from any illness and inform them if you are taking any medication. These may affect treatment with Botox.
  • To avoid bruising do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatories prior to treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if your are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had any problems in the past with previous injections botulinum toxin or with injections in general.
  • Tell your Doctor if you have any inflammation in the muscles or skin where your Doctor plans to inject.
  • Tell your Doctor if you have had any problems swallowing.
  • Tell your Doctor if you have had any surgery that may affect the area to be injected or if you have any pending operations.

 

How is the treatment given?

Botox comes in the form of a vial, botulinum toxin in powder form. Your Doctor will dilute this powder by adding saline solution.

 

Once reconstituted, your Doctor will draw up the necessary  amount using the syringe. After disinfecting your skin (and making the injections sites) your Doctor will inject the treatment at several points into the muscles.

 

What are the side affects?

As with any medicine, the injection of Botox may cause side affects un some patients. Do not worry when you read this list of side effects in some patients. Do not worry when you read this list of side effects , you may not have any. Side effects usually occur within the first few days of injection and are temporary. The most common side effect are headache, drooping  of the eyelid, skin redness, local muscle weakness and facial pain.

 

Other side effects may be associated with the injection (bruising, redness, pain, burning, stinging, swelling). Adverse reactions possibly related to the spread of toxin distant from the side of administration have been reported very rarely with botulinum toxin (e.g muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or pneumonia due to unwanted food or liquid in the airways).

 

After treatment:

Be certain to adhere to the following post-treatement instructions:

CLEAN – Use a gentle cleanse and tepid water to cleanse the face of the following 72 hours and gently dry the treated skin. Always make sure that your hands are clean when touching the treated area.

HEAL – Serum antioxidants are recommended post-treatment as the properties are ideal to help heal the skin. These products can help smooth the skin lessen irritation.

HYDRATE – Following your treatment, your skin may feel drier than normal . Hyaluronic Acid is an ideal ingredient to hydrate and restore the skin back to perfect balance.

MAKEUP – It is recommended that makeup should not be applied for 24 hours after the procedure. Do not apply any makeup with a makeup brush, especially if it is not clean.

 

What to avoid:

  • To ensure the proper healing environment, be certain to observe the following:
  • For at least three days post treatment =, do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in low pH formula) or anything perceived as ‘active’ skincare.
  • Avoid intentional and direct sunlight for 24 hours. No tanning beds.
  • Do not go swimming for at least 24 hours post-treatment .
  • No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post treatment. Sweating and gym environments are harmful, rife with bacteria and may cause adverse reactions.
  • No excessive alcohol on the day of the treatment.
  • Do not lie face down following the treatment
  • Do not use iburofen following the treatment for 2 weeks.