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After Botox/Dysport

Post care instructions after Botox or Dysport Treatment from Dr. Lin

Are there any restrictions in activities I can perform?

It is generally not recommended to participate in strenuous exercise activities that produce a lot of sweating. One should avoid hot yoga or hot sauna and standing on the head upside down (if this is something you are in to)

When does the product start working?

Varies in individual.  Usually starts working in the first 24-48 hours, with maximal result at one week.

How will I know that it’s working?

The answer depends on the area that was treated.
If you received treatment in your upper face, you may simply notice that you look less tired.  If your lines are deep, it will take time for your body to gradually fill in the wrinkles.  Using a good topical collagen stimulating serum will help reduce the wrinkles faster.

If your forehead was treated, you may experience a lifting effect of the forehead.  Making you look more refreshed.  If you try to move forehead muscles that have been relaxed, you may start recruiting other muscles to do so.  Thus we recommend not trying to exercise muscles that have been relaxed.

If you received injections for underarm hyperhidrosis, you will notice that the sweat odor will decrease and your underarms stay dry

How long will the results last?

Botox and Dysport results should last for about 3-5 months, with slight variations depending on the area that was treated and the amount injected.

What are the most common side effects after my treatment?

Mild pain and swelling are the most common and transient side effects reported. They usually resolve within 30 min.
There is less than 2 % chance of eyelid swelling when the product is injected around the eyes for treatment of “crows feet” wrinkles. It is self-limited and one can apply an ice pack to help the swelling decrease. It is usually very mild and will last less than one day.

There is less than 1% chance of lid ptosis, when an upper eyelid droops down and can’t stay up. This can happen when the area between the eyebrows is treated as the product may travel a little too close to the muscle responsible for opening and closing your eye.  This is a rare condition and best avoided by seeing an expert injector with understanding of facial muscle anatomy.

Most faces are not perfectly symmetrical with stronger facial muscle on one side than the other.  Expert injectors will try to make your face look more symmetrical by adjusting for dosages of the medication.   Most facial asymmetries can be corrected.

When should I make my next treatment appointment?

It is usually recommended to make an appointment in 4-6 months after your last treatment

How will I know when I need to return?

If you received treatment for excessive sweating, you will notice that you start developing sweat odor and wet stains. You should not wait until the product completely wears off and call the office to schedule your next treatment visit.
If you received the treatment for your facial wrinkles, you should not wait for the muscles to fully start moving again. Once should return for next treatment session when about 75% of muscle activity is regained. This will ensure that the muscle will still be in relaxed state and has not regained the function we tried to make it forget. By continuing regular injections, the muscles tend to forget their function and stay rested, therefore prolonging the effects of the Botox or Dysport treatment from 3-4 months to about 6-8 months, providing great savings and giving you wrinkle free face.

If you receive treatment to slim lower cheek area, you should receive two treatments 4-6 months apart within the first year.  To maintain result after the first year, repeat injection once per year.

If you did not make your follow up appointment, please do not forget to call the office at 650-340-7546