Cosmetic injectables are wildly popular. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, millions of people undergo Botox and dermal filler treatments each year. What makes them so sought-after? These procedures smooth away wrinkles, plump up lips, and enhance facial contours with natural-looking results – with little to no downtime.
Injectable procedures can be performed in as little as ten minutes, and there are a few things you can do beforehand to minimize your discomfort and maximize your results. If you’re getting ready for your first Botox or dermal filler appointment, here’s some information on how to prepare—and what to expect when it’s over.
What to do before your first Botox or filler appointment
The following prep tips can help your procedure go smoothly:
- Be honest with your practitioner – Prior to getting your first injection, you’ll undergo an exam and consultation to make sure you’re a good candidate for Botox or fillers. At this time, it’s important to be upfront about your medical history and any medications you may be taking that could cause potential complications with injectable treatment.
- Avoid products that increase the chances of bruising – Certain medications and nutritional supplements thin your blood, so to avoid bruising, you should stop taking them two weeks prior to your appointment. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and fish oil. Be sure to consult with your doctor before you stop taking any medications.
- Hydrate – Drinking water is important for your overall health, and it’s particularly important for the health of your skin. Without enough water, your skin can become dry, tight, and flaky. To ensure smooth, supple skin for your injection day, make sure you’re drinking eight glasses of water daily for at least a week prior to your appointment.
- Eat your greens – Vitamin K plays a critical role in helping your blood clot; when your levels are low, you can bruise easily. To boost your Vitamin K intake, start eating leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale. Loading up on these veggies before your appointment can help reduce swelling and inflammation at your injection site as well.
- Apply Arnica gel – Another way to reduce bruising is with Arnica, a natural herb used to alleviate pain and swelling. A few days before your appointment, simply apply Arnica gel or cream to sensitive areas, such as around your mouth and eyes. You may also choose to take Arnica pills, available at local health food stores, but always check with your doctor beforehand.
- Consider your schedule – Though many people don’t experience significant side effects from Botox or dermal filler injections, you may want to plan accordingly just in case you experience unforeseen bruising or swelling. Schedule your appointment far enough in advance of special events to give potential side effects a chance to clear up before your big day.
What to do after your Botox or dermal filler injections
Most injectable procedures can be completed in under thirty minutes. When you’re done, drink a lot of water so your skin will look and feel its best. If you’ve been using Arnica, you may wish to continue for an additional two days.
Avoid touching or rubbing the affected areas, and refrain from partaking in strenuous activities. With Botox, you should wait four hours, and with dermal fillers, you should wait 48 hours before resuming exercise, or using saunas or steam rooms.
And as always, protect your skin from harmful UV rays by using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and applying a good quality moisturizer.
Make an appointment for Botox or facial fillers at Viva Wellness
If you’re ready to smooth out wrinkles, restore lost volume, and rejuvenate your look, Viva Wellness can design an injectable treatment plan that’s right for you. We offer wrinkle-reducing treatments such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, as well as a wide range of versatile cosmetic fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse.
Have questions? Give us a call. We’re happy to answer them. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us at (619) 222-5433 today.