How to Prepare for Botox

Botox procedures are simple, safe, and easy, especially when compared to more invasive procedures that require you to go under the knife. While you don’t need to worry about any serious preparations like you do with cosmetic surgeries, there are still some steps you can take to maximize your results and minimize unwanted side effects.

Preparing For Botox

Follow these simple tips to prepare for your Botox procedure:

  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and Vitamin E
  • Some people experience minor bruising around the injection site after receiving Botox. Medications and supplements that thin the blood like aspirin may increase the risk of bruising, so it is a good idea to avoid taking any for a couple days before your appointment.

  • Take acetaminophen instead
  • Since there can be some mild discomfort, you may choose to take an over the counter painkiller ahead of time. However, as mentioned above, some painkillers can lead to bruising or redness. Acetaminophen, which is the active drug in Tylenol, is okay to take prior to your procedure as an alternative to aspirin.

  • Let us know about any blood thinning medication you are on
  • If you have been prescribed any blood thinning medication that you take on a regular basis, tell us before hand (as well as any other medications you take).

  • Hold the makeup
  • The area around your injection site will need to be completely clean, so it’s a good idea to wait to put on makeup until after your procedure. If it’s absolutely necessary that you have makeup on following your injections, bring makeup with you to touch up after the procedure as your doctor will need to wipe the area.

  • Invest in good foundation for the days following the procedure
  • In case you do notice some bruises following the procedure, proper foundation makeup will help conceal it until everything is healed.

  • Skip the gym
  • You want to maintain a calm heart rate during your procedure, so skipping the gym until at least a day post-injections is highly recommended.

  • Keep your schedule clear
  • Try not to schedule any important events like meetings right after your procedure, so you can have a relaxed day to ensure proper healing.

Planning in advance not only prevents unwanted side effects and complications, but it will also give you some piece of mind to keep pre-procedure jitters away!

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