Are You Coming in for Injectables? Here’s what You Should and Shouldn’t Do!
- Posted on: Apr 15 2021
Every year, millions of injectable treatments are performed to correct various signs of aging. We routinely administer injectables like Botox and dermal fillers in our St. Louis office. While it isn’t difficult to find information about injectable treatments, nor to discern just why these products are so popular, patients often miss certain details that are important to their treatment experience. Here, we discuss what you should and shouldn’t do when you’re planning to get injectables. The purpose of these tips is to maximize the results achieved during your appointment and minimize side effects like bruising and swelling.
When you get injectables, you should:
- Take your time choosing a provider. It can be tempting to choose a Botox or dermal filler provider based on their location or pricing. Some people choose their provider based on an online deal they have found. This could result in unsatisfactory results and unnecessary stress. Trust is a vital aspect of getting injectables done right. You’ve got to find a provider who can understand your desired outcome and make it happen without creating an unnatural appearance.
- This is especially relevant for people getting dermal fillers. Many of these products work by binding to water molecules. If you are generally dehydrated and don’t typically drink those recommended 64 ounces a day, your body may be running low on the primary resource needed to achieve the best results.
- Ice the area if you’re concerned about discomfort. Injectable treatments are not painful. They also don’t last very long. However, some people feel concerned about the sensation of the small needle. If you want to manage your experience, apply a clean ice pack for about 10 minutes before your treatment. Ice can also be applied afterward to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising. Just don’t press on the area.
And you shouldn’t:
- Rub or massage the treatment area. This means waiting at least a few days before you get a facial, massage, or see your chiropractor. If it presses on the face, you should avoid it for about 48 hours.
- Consume alcohol. Alcohol thins the blood. Thinner blood translates to an increased risk of bleeding and, after injectables, that means an increased risk of bruising. So avoid Happy Hour the day before your appointment, as well as the day of and maybe even the day after. Doing so can make you happier with your recovery process after injectables.
- Exercise too soon. When we exercise, our heart rate and blood pressure rise. This causes blood to move through all areas more quickly, even the skin. If your workout gets you flushed, it could cause unwanted redness and bruising in the treatment area. Just a short break of 24 to 48 hours can be beneficial.