Updated: Nov 29, 2021
These post-treatment guidelines have been followed for years and are still employed today to prevent the possible side effect of ptosis. These measures should minimize the possibility of ptosis by almost 98%.
Avoid straining, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise for 3-4 hours, swimming, hot tub, or hot showers following treatment. It takes the toxin approximately 2 hours to bind itself to the nerve to start its work, and we do not want to increase circulation to that area which could wash away the toxin from where it was injected. Most practitioners recommend this waiting period.
Avoid Manipulation of area for 3-4 hours following treatment. (For the same reasons listed above.) This includes not doing a facial, peel, or microdermabrasion after treatment with Botox®. A facial, peel, or microdermabrasion can be done in the same appointment only if they are done before the Botox®.
Facial Exercises in the injected areas are recommended for 1-hour following treatment to stimulate the binding of the toxin only to this localized area.
Do not lie down or bend over for 3-4 hours following treatment. (This instruction has been employed for years by some practitioners, although we have not been able to find out the main reason for this since many practitioners inject while the patient is in a lying position. Many practitioners do not adhere to this anymore.
It can take 2-10 days to take full effect. It is recommended that the patient contact the office two(2) weeks (14 days) after treatment if the desired effect was not achieved.
You may apply makeup before leaving the office. Some practitioners recommend avoiding Retin-A, Glycolic acid, Vitamin C, and Kinerase for 24 hrs to the treated areas.