The guidelines to follow post treatment have been followed for years, and are still employed today to prevent the possible side effect of ptosis (drooping of the eyelids). These measures should minimize the possibility of ptosis.
- No straining, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise for 3-4 hours following treatment. It is now known that it takes BOTOX approximately 2 hours to bind itself to the nerve to start its work, and therefore we do not want to increase circulation to that area washing away the BOTOX from the injection site.
- DO NOT TOUCH INJECTION SITES FOR 4 HOURS. Avoid manipulation of area for 3-4 hours following treatment. (For same reasons listed above.) This includes not doing a facial, peel, or micro-dermabrasion after treatment. A facial, peel, or micro-dermabrasion can be done just prior to a BOTOX® appointment.
- Facial exercises in the injected areas are recommended for 1 hour following treatment. This is to stimulate the binding of the toxin to only the localized area.
- It can take 2 – 10 days to take full effect. It is recommended that the patient contact the office no later than 2 weeks after treatment if desired effect was not achieved, and no sooner than 2 weeks to give the toxin time to work.