Botox Treatment on a Patient

The Most Important Things to Know Following Your Treatment

Botox Injection - Instructional

1. Exercise your muscles that were treated for 1-2 hours

For example, if you had your forehead and from lines treated with Botox try to squint or raise your eyebrows. This will work the Botox protein into your muscles. There is a general belief this could help improve results but overall, it will NOT negatively impact your treatment if you forget to do this.

2. For 4 hours after your treatment do not RUB or massage the treated areas

In addition, stay away from strenuous exercise for 4 hours after treatment. Avoid any saunas or other cosmetic facial treatment for 4 hours as well. This will minimize any potential temporary bruising from developing because it will keep your blood pressure down. Do feel free to take a shower and go about your regular daily activities.

3. Avoid laying down or going to sleep for 4 hours following treatment

We want to avoid any accidental pressure on the treated areas from pillows or couches to prevent the Botox from accidentally being diffused away from the treated area and minimizing the results.

4. Most the time any tiny bumps or redness on your skin will disappear in a few hours

Try to avoid placing any make-up for 4 hours after treatment but if you do need to place some use a light touch at least 30 minutes after treatment. For some people it can take up to 24-48 hours for the redness to completely dissipate.

5. The full effect of your treatment can take up to 14 days to see the final results

Wait two weeks before determining if you are pleased with the results. Sometimes people will see results in as little as 7 days. It's also likely in treatment areas that part of the muscle is starting to relax whereas a nearby area will not have the same level relaxation so it can look temporarily uneven, after waiting an additional few days this will resolve and smooth out nicely.

TMD or therapeutic muscle treatment can take up to 4 weeks to take full effect.

6. After your first treatment we typically would like to see you back in 2 weeks for a follow-up assessment

We like to have you back so we can assess how your facial muscles responded to the treatment. If we need to fine tune or adjust with additional Botox, we can do this at that appointment for an additional cost. We take photos to document in your patient file so we can create a "recipe" for future Botox recare appointments.

7. Botox treatment is not permanent

At first, you may find that your treatment results will last approximately 3-4 months. However, if you maintain your treatment appointments with the frequency recommended by Dr. Sidhu, each treatment result may last longer than 4 months.

Most results of Botox will last approximately 3-4 months initially. If you maintain the recare frequency recommended by us, then you may notice that your results will last closer to 5 months

8. Why it's best to come in before the results completely wear off

If you allow Botulinum Toxin to wear off completely, it is difficult for Dr. Sidhu to be able to see how your muscles react and therefore, optimal results for your face can be more challenging to achieve.

It's difficult for the doctor to know exactly how your muscles responded to the treatment if you allow the results of Botox to completely wear off. This hampers our ability to maintain continuous optimal results.

Who should avoid Botox Cosmetic Treatment

  • If you are currently pregnant or nursing a baby
  • If you have been diagnosed or suffering from any neuromuscular disease. i.e.: ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Lambert-Eaton syndrome or Myasthenia gravis
  • Patients with drooping eyelids. Botox will cause an increase in drooping, but the sensation can definitely feel like the eyelids are heavy
  • Anyone with weak facial muscles

Botox Side Effects with Botox

  • Symptoms similar to the flu temporarily
  • Pain in the neck area with injections near that location
  • Eyebrow droop for 1-4 weeks
  • Upset stomach or indigestion
  • Eye inflammation or irritation with temporary bruising

Most patients will not experience any of the above symptoms but it's important to be aware of them

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Dr. Gurpreet Sidhu - Dentist at Lighthouse Dental Centre and Blue Water Dental
Dr. Gurpreet Sidhu

With nearly two decades of experience, Dr. Sidhu enjoys helping his patients learn about dentistry. Knowledge is meant to be improved, challenged and shared.

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