Before & After Your Visit
What you should know prior to your visit:
- It is important to consider that there may be bruising and swelling after any cosmetic injectable treatment. Bruising and swelling are less likely with BOTOX® treatments than with dermal fillers, but any time the skin is injected, there is always a possibility. Therefore, it is important to allow enough time before any special events you are planning to allow time for things to settle and also allow for any follow-up you might need.
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A two days prior to your visit, and any supplements that may cause the blood to thin (resulting in more bruising), such as aspirin, vitamin E, fish oils, St. John’s Wort, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve 1-2 weeks prior to your visit.
- It is also important NOT to come to your appointment on an empty stomach. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.
- If you have a history of cold sores, or an active cold sore, it is important to let your provider know. There are pre-treatment antiviral medications that can be prescribed. If you have an active cold sore, you will need to re-schedule your appointment.
- You are NOT a candidate for treatment if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Post-Treatment Instructions for BOTOX®:
- Avoid significant rubbing or massage of the treated area(s). This includes, facials, massage, or eyebrow waxing/shaping
- DO NOT lay down for 4 hours post-treatment with Botox®. This prevents the Botox® from tracking into the orbit of your eye and potentially causing a droopy eyelid.
- Tylenol may be administered for any discomfort/tenderness
- Please keep in mind that neurotoxins such as Botox® take 3-7 days to begin working, and a FULL 10 days to evaluate results. Please schedule any follow-up visits after the required time frame.
Post-Treatment Instructions for Dermal Fillers:
- It can take up to two weeks for your final results to be evident. Up until that point, you will see improvement, but things may seem to change and shift daily. Please allow this time to pass for things to settle before scheduling any follow up.
- You may apply cool compresses as needed for comfort and swelling but avoid excessive pressure or rubbing of the treated area(s) unless advised to do so.
- You may choose to take Arnica Montana or an Arnica/Bromelain blend to aid in recovery (swelling and bruising). These can be found at most health food stores. These homeopathic preparations may aid in recovery but are more effective in some individuals than others.
- If you are experiencing significant bruising that is resolving slowly, you may apply warm compresses 3 days after treatment to speed healing.
If you’d like to come in for follow up:
- Please allow 10 days from your original BOTOX® treatment and 14 days from your filler appointment before any scheduled follow-up.
- If you require additional product to achieve your desired result, there may be a charge for additional product.
- Please note, I do my best to gauge the appropriate amount of product used at your visit. Because my philosophy leans to the conservative side, or one indicates that they would prefer to be more conservative than even I would be, I welcome a follow up-visit for further treatment. If the follow up is for Botox® and is considered a “correction” (4 units or less), most times there will be no charge. It is important to note that there is a difference between a correction and additional treatment.
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