Thursday, January 18, 2018

Can I Wear Makeup After A Botox Treatment?

Whether age is writing itself across your face early or right on time, you may rather delay its message, especially if a big event is on the horizon.  Like many before you, you may be considering turning to Botox, a neuromodulator, to renew your youthful appearance.

But, like most, you may have a lot of questions about how getting Botox could impact your usual beauty habits, like wearing makeup. So to answer that let's find out what exactly is a Botox treatment,  how the process works and what  complications that may arise after the procedure, So you can decide confidently if it's right for you.

What Is Botox Treatment?

Fortunately, Botox injection is a very fast, non-invasive procedure, which means it has little to no impact on your daily life.

True Botox (as opposed to an imitation) is an FDA-approved neuromodulator that uses botulism toxins to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.

The original use of botulism toxin began approximately twenty years ago in ophthalmology and neurology to help treat tremors and neuromuscular disorders. During treatment of these conditions, doctors noticed the impact it had on facial lines and wrinkles, and its use for cosmetic concerns was born.

Because botulism toxins relax muscles, and because it is the repetitive use of certain muscles that lead to facial wrinkles forming, injections of the toxin relax the treated area and leave the skin looking smoother.

How Does Botox Work?

The toxin is injected through a very small needle, smaller than a hair. It is injected into the area of concern, which is most often the horizontal lines in the forehead, crows’ feet by the eyes, the vertical glabellar lines between the eyes, and smile lines.

Results will take approximately 5-7 days to appear. The treatment lasts anywhere from 4-6 months, and many patients return during that time or shortly after for follow-up injections.

However, over time, it is possible for some patients to get trained to not use those facial muscles. In this case, they may not see a return of the wrinkles after a few treatments and will not have to continue getting treatments as frequently.

Getting the Procedure 

Getting Botox is a quick and almost painless affair. 

Such a small amount of the substance is required to be effective, so getting Botox takes literally only moments. These procedures are done typically in a medi spa or doctor’s office.

Because the needles used for the injections are also small, no anesthetic is used and there is very little, if any discomfort.

After the Botox is injected, small ice packs will be applied to the injection sites to keep swelling down. Any swelling typically goes down within an hour or two. 

Just remember that you will not notice the effect of the Botox for 5-7 days after the treatment. 

What to Expect Post-Procedure 

After resting for a few moments with the ice packs, you are free to go and return to mostly normal activity immediately. 

However, within the first 24 hours, doctors do recommend: 
1. Avoid exercise – so don’t plan to go hit the gym for your evening routine the day of. After the first 24 hours, though, sweat away. 
2. Avoid massaging the injection sites – this is simply to avoid possibly spreading the medicine into other muscles in your face.  
3. Avoid using abrasive exfoliants – for the first 24 hours, it is a good idea to avoid more abrasive facial treatments, simply to decrease possible irritation to the area. 

You should also be aware that, occasionally, small bruising may occur in the treated area. This is from injection needles puncturing small blood vessels in the treated area. This bruising will only last for a few days and can be covered by makeup (more on that in a moment). 

The effects of your treatment should become evident by the end of a week and should last anywhere between 4-6 months. At that time, you can decide whether to let nature take its course, or whether to hold it at bay a while longer. 

There are no definite contraindications for Botox, so doctors believe it to be a perfectly safe treatment for nearly all individuals and for repeated use. 

Makeup & Normal Life 

The good news then, as should be clear by now, is that returning to normal life, including your typical beauty regimen and makeup, are absolutely possible immediately following a Botox injection.

As long as you do not massage the area, you are clear to apply your makeup literally upon leaving your doctors office. 

Since redness and swelling may be visible for a few hours afterward, and since bruising can occasionally occur, many patients apply makeup as soon as they can afterwards to cover it up. 

Again, as long as you avoid extra vigorous massaging motions and set aside the exfoliant for 24 hours, you can apply your facial cleansers, creams, and make up to your heart’s content.  

Dr. Robert Glasgold is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon practicing at The Glasgold Group in New Jersey. Dr. Glasgold specializes in Botox treatment, facelift, rhinoplasty, and facial rejuvenation through the use of injectables and fat transfer.

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