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Botox Aftercare UK: How to Maintain Your Results & Avoid Complications

11 July 2024

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In this post:

  • Learn about the immediate effects post-treatment, including precautions to take within the first 4 hours, 24 hours, and 2 weeks to optimise results and minimise side effects.
  • Guidance on what to avoid after your Botox treatment, how long effects last, and when to book a top-up appointment.
  • While rare, complications can occur. Know the signs of potential serious conditions post-Botox and when to contact a healthcare professional.

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment best known for its ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. The toxin works by temporarily paralysing muscles to give the skin a smoother, more youthful appearance. However, the effects of Botox are not only dependent on the skills of the injector.

Proper aftercare is an essential part of achieving the best results possible and minimising potential side effects or complications. Understanding what to expect and how to properly care for your skin after treatment will ensure you look and feel your best.

If you’re a patient, continue reading for a comprehensive guide to successful Botox aftercare.

If you’re an aesthetic practitioner, the video below will outline exactly what you need to tell your patient to ensure they get Botox results they’ll obsess over. This video is part of our world-renowned online botox course, which is available for enrollment today.

Botox Aftercare UK: What to Expect

After your Botulinum toxin treatment, it is not uncommon to experience side effects like redness, swelling, or minor bleeding at the injection sites. If this happens, these symptoms will be minor and should resolve within an hour or two. Here’s what else you can expect following your treatment:

First 4 Hours

The first four hours after your treatment are some of the most important for ensuring breath-taking results. In these initial hours post-treatment, be sure to avoid:

  • Tight-fitting hats or headbands that could press on treated areas
  • Applying make-up (unless it is mineral-based and applied gently)
First 24 Hours

The first twenty-four hours after your treatment are also incredibly important. To get the best results, make sure to use these essential tips:

  • Avoid touching the treated area as this can spread the toxin
  • Skip strenuous exercise like weight-lifting and running
  • Avoid alcohol consumption as it can cause bruising and swelling
  • Sleep on your back the first night after treatment
  • When you wash your face, pat instead of rub
First Couple of Weeks

It can take up to two weeks to see the full results of your treatment. This means there are some aftercare tips you should still follow until then. Some of these include:

  • Avoid touching the treated area as this can spread the toxin
  • Skip strenuous exercise like weight-lifting and running
  • Avoid alcohol consumption as it can cause bruising and swelling

Results will start to show within 3-5 days, with full results expected within two weeks.

Do’s and Don’ts After Botox

To ensure you get the best results and reduce your risk for complications, be sure to follow these critical do’s and don’ts for your Botox treatment.

Do attend your review appointment. This gives your injector a chance to examine your results and determine if you need a touch-up.

Do tell your injector about medications you take to see if they affect Botox healing time. Blood-thinning medications are known to increase risk for bruising.

Do extensive research before choosing an injector, looking into their training and how much experience they’ve had. Undesirable results like low, heavy eyebrows are much less common with experienced injectors.

Don’t get another Botox treatment for at least three months. If you get it any more often, the Botox might stop working as effectively.

Don’t panic if you get bruises, bumps, or a headache. These side effects are completely normal and will usually subside within a few hours. Paracetamol can be taken to relieve any discomfort.

When to See a Doctor

While complications from Botox are incredibly rare, it’s still important to be vigilant. Contact a medical professional if you experience symptoms such as muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, vision changes, or signs of an allergic reaction. These symptoms could indicate a more serious medical condition.

Looking for expert Botox treatment in the UK?

Visit Smileworks Liverpool to ensure you receive top-quality care from experienced professionals. All of our injectors are trained medical professionals with years of Botox experience under their belts. There is no better place to get Botox treatment in the UK than with our skilled team.

We are also always looking for Botox training models. As a model, you will be present for our delegates’ practical training. The appointment will feel like a normal Smileworks appointment, and you will receive the same high standard of care at a fraction of the price. Follow this link to register your interest. A member of our team will be in touch next time we need Botox models.


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