The treatment requires no recovery time and most people are able to return to work straight after the procedure. Side effects are rare, especially if the treatment is administered by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner as at Therapy House.
Post-treatment advice may inlude:
- For a few hours after injections actively contract and use the muscles in the treated area. Work your face and practise frowning and smiling! There is some evidence that this helps the treatment to work better by speeding up the absorption of botulinum toxin;
- For a few hours after injections do not rub, or massage the treated area, or undertake vigorous exercise. Avoid any form of facial treatment or massage to reduce the risk of the botulinum toxin spreading to adjacent muscles where it might cause the eyelid to droop;
- Waiting for up to two weeks for the treatment to work fully, so be patient! Most people will find that, even after this period, if they try really hard, they can still move the muscles to a small extent in the area treated. This is quite normal. The aim of the treatment is not to prevent you from moving the muscles in your face, but merely to reduce the number of times that your muscles contract as this is when wrinkles occur.
- Contact you practitioner after 14 days, if you find that you can still use the muscles treated to the same extent as before the treatment and you cannot see any apparent improvement, contact your practitioner and they will normally repeat the injections free of charge. Sometimes your practitioner will ask you to return two weeks after your first treatment so that they can monitor the results. This is good medical practice and nothing to be afraid of;
- Contact your practitioner immediately if you experience any drooping of the eyelid or adverse eyebrow position or bruising problems, or infection following treatment.
- Your practitioner will discuss the procedure and possible side effects with you in detail during your free consultation.