After a Botulinum treatment you may have some swelling, redness and bruising in some cases. You can ice bruising for comfort every few hours with a cool pack or similar please do not use direct ice on the skin. A headache can also occur after treatment and can be treated normally with paracetamol. Results emerge 3-14 days after.
DO's & DONT's AFTER TREATMENT;
- Remain upright for 2 hours. Use the muscles that have been treated more often for the first hour.
- Do not apply make up for approximately 6 hours unless it is mineral based.
- You should avoid facial massages or electrical stimulation of the face for the next 2 weeks.
- When cleansing, avoid pressure and gentle strokes away from the eyes. Avoid wearing tight caps or garments in the area that has been injected.
- For 48 hours you should avoid alcohol and exposure to UV and extreme heat i.e. sauna, steam, sun beds, very hot showers, strenuous exercise etc, as this may increase discomfort and swelling.
How soon will I see the results and how long will it last?
The initial effects will show in the first 2-5 days and continue to improve for up to 2 weeks. If you feel you need a review of treatment please do not contact until 14 days after your initial treatment. Botulinum Type A can take up to 14 days to take full effect.
Review appointments are only needed if there are areas of concern where treatment has not taken, top ups are not necessary if happy with results. If the desired results have been achieved with one appointment, injecting more Botulinum type A will ruin this result, it does not make this result last any longer. Over injection could cause adverse unwanted effect. Reviews are only needed if an area of concern.
Botulinum toxin usually lasts 3-4 months on average. Fine lines that do not disappear in the first 2 weeks will often continue to soften over the coming months. Those that don’t can often be improved with dermal filler. Botulinum toxin also helps prevent the development of new lines. Most people need a treatment every 3-6 months or so to get the best long term results.
When to seek urgent review:
Allergy or infection is the only possible side effects that would benefit from an urgent review by your clinician. Thankfully they are extremely uncommon. If you get a painful or itchy bump or swelling near an injection site please contact the Kirsty immediately for a review.
Eye Symptoms- though extremely rare, any side effects affecting the appearance or function of your eyes especially very dry eyes could benefit from treatment, please inform us at the earliest opportunity.
When immediate help could be required:
Anaphylaxis: Though rare in the extreme, immediately after your treatment, if you were to start to feel generally unwell and develop swelling and redness around your face your clinician is trained to recognise and deal with anaphylaxis. If you are no longer in the clinic and at home 999 should be called for an
urgent ambulance explaining your concern is anaphylaxis.