When frown lines between your eyebrows or the crow’s feet in the corners of your eyes start to bother you, perhaps you begin thinking about surgery. But if you’re not ready for so large a step, injections such as Botox or Dysport may be a more appealing solution. The injections will make the lines less visible, at least temporarily, without the long preparation or downtime a surgical procedure usually requires.
But just because Botox and similar injections are less invasive than surgery doesn’t mean you want to rush into them. There are a few ways you can plan and prepare for the injections. Keep these things in mind after you get treatment.
Research Your Injector
An experienced and trained Botox or Dysport injector will make the process look way too easy. So easy, in fact, that people who lack the needed training might be tempted to give it a try. But, a person who hasn’t been trained or who doesn’t have a complete understanding of the anatomy of the face isn’t going to be a person who you want to see for your Botox. Injecting too much of the substance, too little, or injecting it in the wrong muscles are all things that can happen when an inexperienced person administers the injections.
Don’t go to the first person you see offering injections. Do a bit of research first and find out about the person’s background. Find out what their medical training and expertise is. Ideally, you want a doctor who specializes in treating the signs of aging on the face, such as a facial plastic surgeon. Get a sense of the injector’s training with Botox or Dysport and find out how many injections they’ve performed. Ask to see before and after photos so you gather a sense of whether the results people get are natural-looking or not.
Clear Your Calendar
Once you’ve found a trustworthy and experienced injector, it’s time to schedule your treatment. If you are having the injections done in advance of a major life event, such as a wedding (your own or someone else’s), graduation party or work function, it’s a good idea to schedule your Botox or Dysport injections several weeks out. For one thing, it can take up to two weeks for your results to be visible. For another, you might have some swelling or bruising afterwards, which you’ll want to have gone by the time of your event.
Generally, it’s a good idea to schedule your injections at least two weeks out from a big event. To play it even safer, you might want to schedule the treatment when you’re still a month away. A full month will give the treatment time to work and any side effects time to fade. But isn’t so far in advance that your results will have worn off by the time the day of the event rolls around.
Avoid Some Medicines
Before facial plastic surgery, your surgeon will most likely recommend that you avoid a number of different medications and supplements. While you don’t have to worry about medication interfering with anesthesia when you have Botox injections, you do want to be cautious about medications that thin the blood and can increase your risk for bruising and bleeding. It’s usually a good idea to avoid ibuprofen and aspirin starting a couple of weeks before injections. Both types of pain reliever thin your blood, potentially making bruising worse afterwards.
Wait to Exercise
One of the joys of Dysport and Botox injections is that you don’t have to take time off from work and that the treatments don’t really interfere with your life. There is one area where the injections can have an impact, though. If you are the type of person who hits the gym daily, you’re going to have to take a small break. Usually, it’s recommended that you skip your workout or exercise routine for at least a full 24 hours after the injections. Any sort of vigorous activity soon after your treatment can make swelling and bruising worse or cause the substance to travel to a different area of the face.
Be Careful About Lying Down
If heading home and taking a nap sounds like a great way to relax after your injections, think again. You’ll want to keep your head as upright as possible during the first four hours after treatment. Lying down flat or dipping your head down can cause the substance to migrate to another part of the face, increasing your risk for complications. Lying down can also increase swelling.
Leave the Injection Site Alone!
You might feel curious about the area that was injected and want to touch it or rub it soon afterwards. Rubbing or massaging the injection site is a big no no, as doing so can cause the Botox or Dysport to migrate, which can lead to a droopy eyelid or other issues. The best thing to do is to resist the urge to touch and wait for your results to appear.
While you do want to avoid some things before and after your Botox or Dysport injections, for the most part, the treatment doesn’t interfere with your regular life. If you’re ready to say bye-bye to frown lines or crow’s feet, at least for a few months, contact face specialist Dr. Jessica Kulak at the Naderi Center in Virginia and Maryland today. Call (703) 481-0002 for an appointment in Virginia or (301) 222-2020 for an appointment in Maryland.