Our Baltimore dentist office can help patients with TMJ disorders and patients who want to address facial wrinkles with Botox. Botox can reduce the reoccurrence of headaches in TMD patients because it relaxes the facial muscles, which can contribute to tension in the jaw and face. Patients who want smoother, more youthful skin benefit from Botox injections because they release the muscle tension that creates wrinkles. If you are new to Botox treatment in our office and want to know what to do before and after your first Botox treatment, we’re here to help.
Tips To Follow Before and After Botox From Your Baltimore Dentist
Preparing for Botox and healing after your Botox treatment will ensure you feel comfortable and stay prepared throughout the process. Our office is here to provide tips to keep in mind before and after Botox.
Before your first Botox treatment, follow these tips to prevent potential bruising, strain, and dry skin:
- Exercise: Exercise up to one day before your treatment to avoid strain.
- Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol can potentially dry your skin and increase the risk of bruising from treatment. It’s best to avoid drinking one week before Botox.
- Don’t Take Blood Thinners: Fish oil, NSAIDs, and other blood thinners increase the risk of bruising. Take medications like Tylenol right before treatment instead.
- Avoid Garlic: Garlic can potentially increase the risk of bruising after Botox. We recommend avoiding foods containing garlic seven days before your Botox treatment.
- Don’t Drink Coffee: Coffee increases blood pressure and can also increase the risk of bruising. 24 hours before your Botox treatment, avoid coffee and caffeine.
Following your Botox treatment, you should follow these tips to reduce irritation or swelling for quick healing:
- Avoid UV Exposure: Stay out of the sun. UV exposure can lead to increased skin irritation and redness. Limit your time outdoors for at least 24 hours after Botox, and wear sunscreen.
- Use Ice: Using an ice pack in 15 to 20-minute intervals helps prevent swelling post-treatment.
- Avoid Touching Your Face: Do not lay down with your face touching a pillow, and avoid any pressure on your face directly after treatment. Additionally, do not rub at the injection sites. However, you can still gently wash your face.
- Wash Your Face Gently: 72 hours after your treatment, you can use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. After this point, you can begin to wear makeup and more skincare.
Following these instructions will ensure quick and comfortable healing. We also provide touch-up treatments for patients about every six months. Remember these tips for each treatment you receive in our office.
Do you have any questions about Botox treatment? Call Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry today at (410) 697-6290. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Ed Lazer online.