How to prevent botched botox

How to Prevent Botched Botox

April 22, 2013

We’ve all seen examples of cosmetic work gone wrong, but these memorable images are the exception to industry standards, and often the result of bad practice.  Botox Cosmetic reduces dynamic facial wrinkles caused by overactive muscle movement.  The subtle softening of frown lines improves your overall appearance without the tell-tale signs of plastic surgery.

Side Effects of Botox Injections

As with all cosmetic injections, there is the possibility of temporary side effects. Common side effects of Botox include: 

  • Bruising.
  • Swelling.
  • Pain at the Injection Area.

When administered incorrectly, Botox injections can cause droopy or lopsided eyelids and smiles, as well as “frozen” features. In addition to selecting a certified nurse or doctor, there are many preventative measures you can take to avoid these negative results.

Preventing Disappointing Results From Botox Cosmetic

Before treatment you should not ingest beverages, medications and/or supplements that thin the blood. Blood thinners increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections. Alcohol causes the blood to thin and should not be consumed 24 hours before treatment. Additional blood thinning agents include: Aspirin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Vioxx, and other NSAIDS. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking prescribed blood thinners.

The protein compound found in Botox takes 2 hours to bind to the nerve. During the 3-4 hours following your injections:

  • Avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercise.
  • Avoid manipulation of the treated area.
  • Maintain an upright posture. 
  • Apply makeup designed for sensitive skin and avoid products with: Retin-A, glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Kinerase during the first 24 hours. 
  • The Benefits of Botox

    Botox is affordable and minimally invasive. You should start to see a softening of the target area within 3-5 days. Most individuals maintain their results 3-4 months following the treatment, but results may vary.


    Invest in yourself. Friends will wonder how you gained such a revitalized look. Contact Advanced Laser & Skin Clinic to learn how you can reduce the signs of aging with a 10 minute Botox treatment.

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