8 Tips For Post Facial Injections Recovery
The great majority of people who have facial injections, whether it’s Botox or dermal fillers, are thrilled with the results. The procedures are minimally invasive and painless or nearly so. Sessions rarely last more than a half an hour and can be done during the patient’s lunch hour, and afterwards they can go straight back to work, school or most other tasks. Plastic surgeons like to say there’s no downtime after these procedures, but there are some tips that a patient can consider to make sure there are no bad side effects to their facial injections.
1. Don’t Rub the Injection Site
Patients are told by the physician not to rub or massage the injection site. When it comes to dermal fillers, this can move the substance to places in the face where it is not needed or wanted. This is also true with Botox, but with Botox massaging the area can actually be dangerous. Botox works by paralyzing certain muscles in the face. If it spreads to an unwanted area it can paralyze those muscles that control swallowing or other necessary functions.
2. Stay Out of the Sun
It’s a good idea to stay out of the sun or any area where there’s a lot of heat until the swelling, bruises and redness go away completely. The reasons are somewhat different in regards to Botox and dermal fillers. With Botox, sun and heat open up the blood vessels in the face and raise the risk of it spreading. The ultraviolet rays of the sun can degrade dermal fillers. If the patient must go outside, they should wear a strong sunscreen.
3. Ice the Area
It’s acceptable to ice or apply a cold compress to the area around the injection site after the treatment. Indeed, some aestheticians apply ice before the treatment to numb the skin. It’s good to ice from 5 to 10 minutes an hour for the first 24 to 48 hours. The patient should never apply ice directly to their skin, but wrap it in a towel, or put it in an ice bag.
Cold reduces the flow of blood to the area and so is good for reducing bruising, swelling and pain. To place ice directly on the skin lowers the blood flow so much that the patient risks frostbite.
4. Sleep with Head Elevated
The patient should sleep with their head elevated to reduce and control any swelling. This doesn’t mean they have to sit bolt upright in bed, but can simply lean against a lot of pillows piled against the head of their bed. This allows the patient to be comfortable while lessening the flow of blood to the face.
5. Stay Awake For About Four Hours
The patient should stay awake for about four hours after the treatment for the same reason that they’ll sleep with their head elevated. Staying awake keeps their head upright and reduces bruising. Also, if the person goes to sleep right after the treatment, they risk rubbing their face against the pillow and spreading the dermal filler or Botox around.
6. Do Not Do Anything Strenuous
The patient should avoid bending over or any strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after their facial injection. Intense activity makes it harder for swelling and bruising to subside.
7. Avoid Other Facial Treatments
The patient should put off having peels, dermabrasion or other facial treatments immediately after a facial injection. They should wait for at least 24 hours before any other treatment.
8. Take Arnica
Arnica is a daisy-like flower that has caffeine-like chemicals. These chemicals have anti-inflammatory and toning properties. Arnica cream can be placed right on the skin to heal bruising and support the circulation beneath the skin. Arnica should only be used topically.