Botox or the botulinum toxin has many applications. It can be administered to prevent or slow down the development of wrinkles. It also used for arresting muscle spasms of elbows, wrists and fingers or muscle pain relief. Many undergo Botox treatment to stop excessive sweating in the feet, hands and armpits.
After Botox treatment, it is likely a patient will experience hematoma, popularly known as bruising. These are very common and can be treated at home.
Before Botox Injection
1. Do not take the following over-the-counter medicines and supplements at least for a week before injection.
● Vitamin E
● Fish oil
● Flaxseed oil
● St. John’s Wort
Doing so will help lessen incidences of swelling and bruising and can cut down your recovery time.
2. Stop using aspirin at least 10 – 14 days before the Botox treatment, but be sure to get approval from your physician first as the advantages may outweigh the risks. Aspirin thins your blood and can increase bruising.
3. Tell your physician about all the prescribed and over-the-counter medicines that you are currently on. Some may influence the amount of bruising and swelling you have. This is also vital for your overall safety.
After Botox Injection
1. Apply a cold compress or pack lightly to the site of injection shortly following the Botox procedure.
2. Do not lie down for 4 to 5 hrs after the treatment and do not massage the site of injection. This can make inflammation worse.
3. Avoid applying firm pressure to any region of swelling for more than five minutes.
4. Apply ice packs to the affected region for the first 24 hrs after the Botox injection. Never use a hot compress. Ice packs will help reduce swelling.
5. Apply a cream with arnica such as ProBoxin to the affected region. Arnica, a herb, has been practised since the 16th century to treat the bruises and lessen inflammation.
Headaches, swelling, bruising, and redness are the common side-effects after getting the Botox injections. These undesired and painful side-effects will disappear with time but can be remarkably unsightly for the first few days after treatment. Proboxin is a must have cream post Botox or dermal fillers designed to counter the side-effects of the treatment. The inflammation after Botox can be easily treated with Proboxin and its repair and restore formula.
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