There is no downtime after BOTOX®. The treatment takes very little time, and after your appointment, you can return to your daily routine right away. Dr. Manios provides Walnut Creek patients with pre- and post-treatment instructions to help them get effective results and feel comfortable after their visit.
Activities to Avoid Before BOTOX
For about one week prior to getting BOTOX:
- Don’t drink alcohol, and avoid red wine in particular.
- Try not to eat foods that have garlic as an ingredient.
- Do not take aspirin, MOTRIN®, vitamin E, or anticoagulants such as COUMADIN®. If these medications are necessary for your health, discuss this issue with Dr. Manios during your consultation so that you and he can develop a plan based on your needs.
Typically, Dr. Manios also advises Walnut Creek patients to stop by the drug store and pick up some arnica cream. This product can reduce discomfort and swelling and prevent the formation of bruises. He recommends using the arnica cream about a day before the appointment in the areas where patients expect to receive their BOTOX injections.
Techniques to Minimize Bruising
Dr. Manios injects BOTOX in a way that limits post-treatment bruising. He uses an extremely small-gauge needle with the solution and works in a methodical, unhurried, and gentle manner. This promotes both the comfort of those in his care and more effective outcomes.
Immediately after your appointment, you may have a few mosquito-bite sized spots in the areas of treatment. These should go away within 30 minutes, and you won’t be actively bleeding when you leave the office. Expect any bruising to be confined to an extremely small area.
Activities to Avoid After BOTOX
To promote the best possible outcome, Dr. Manios will suggest that Walnut Creek patients limit certain activities after their appointment:
Don’t exercise for 24 hours. High-impact activity can raise your blood pressure, which can increase your chances of bruising after BOTOX. Take a break from your workout routine for the day.
Try not to lie down for two hours. Dr. Manios will inject BOTOX in a targeted and careful manner, introducing the solution where it will offer the greatest aesthetic benefit. By staying on your feet for a couple of hours after treatment, you can help ensure that the BOTOX stays in the areas where you want it to have an effect.
Don’t reapply makeup for the rest of the day. This is to prevent infection at the injection sites.
The day after receiving BOTOX, Dr. Manios’s Walnut Creek patients have no limitations on their activities. You should begin to see the benefits of your treatment within about one week and maximum improvement within two weeks. Lines and wrinkles should either disappear or be significantly reduced for up to four months, after which time you can return to Dr. Manios for retreatment.
Eliminate signs of aging in a single appointment with no downtime. BOTOX patients can schedule a consultation in Walnut Creek online or by phone at (925) 989-6560.