For the remainder of the day after treatment, we suggest you avoid exercise, hot baths, saunas, and sunbeds. Basically, anything that increases blood flow to your face we advise you avoid.
Avoid any laser therapy, micro-needling or skin peels for 2 weeks post-procedure.
Alcohol should also be avoided for 4 hours post-treatment
Avoid blood-thinning over the counter preparations like aspirin for a week before treatment. However, if it is prescribed please continue to take your aspirin.
Be mindful that non-steroid anti-inflammatories can increase bruising also, so ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen should be avoided also for 2-3 days before injections.
If you take anticoagulation medications like Warfarin, Apixiban, rivaroxiban, dabigatran and edoxiban, please inform the practice. These drugs are normally given if you have atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rate) to prevent strokes. These medications should not be stopped. You may potentially still be able to go ahead with treatment however there is a significantly increased risk of bruising.
If you take any immunosuppressant medications like sulphasalazine, methotrexate, or gold injections, let us know. These drugs lower your body’s immune system therefore you may have an increased risk of infection. These drugs are used in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis.
If you suffer from any hypertrophic scarring let us know as any injections may trigger excessive scar tissue production.
If you have a history of a Bell’s Palsy (facial weakness – usually one side) you probably should be very careful about having botox injections as any previous facial muscle weakness may represent if the muscle is over relaxed. Dermal fillers would be fine.
Also if you have an underlying neurological condition please let us know, it is usually advisable to check out with your consultant at the hospital before going ahead. MS patients have gone ahead with botox after an ok from the hospital. However, if you have Lambert Eaton syndrome or Myathesthesia Gravis you definitely should not have botox.
Any aesthetic treatments while pregnant are a no go. Also, you must have finished breastfeeding before going ahead with botox or dermal fillers.