Dos and Don’ts before getting Botox or Dermal Fillers

April 19, 2021 10:30 pm Published by

If you are considering trying Botox or facial dermal filler for the first time, there are things you should know before you have the procedure done.  You will get the most benefit out of your treatment with these easy dos and don’ts.


It’s important that you do your research to find an experienced doctor with proper credentials for skin enhancing treatments.  Avoid going to places that market with low prices and cheap treatments.  The injectors they use may not be qualified with skills and experience to do such procedures.  Skill and experience should always be number one priority over cost when it comes to injectable.

Research your doctor

Schedule a consultation

Prior to any treatment, schedule a consultation to meet with your injector to address your skin concerns. Make sure to include your health history and if you are on any medication that may impede on having the treatment done.

Know what you want

Make sure you have an idea of what you want your desired outcome to be. You can take a photo from 5-10 years ago to your consultation to show what you want, or even show a photo of what you don’t want.  It is important to have a realistic expectation as the patient as well as your doctor.  Start with conservative approach and start with lower volume to experience the effect of injectable and you can increase volume if needed.

Comply with post-procedure instructions

Instructions may include using Arnica or ointment on the areas treated, restriction of exercise for a period of time, minimum exposure to sunlight for a certain period of time, not wearing make-up for a period of time.


Don’t take any blood thinners or certain supplements

NSAIDs such as Aspirin, Advil, and ibuprofen can affect clotting and may increase the risk of bruising from your injectable procedure.  Vitamins, such as Vitamin E, St. John’s Wart, ginseng, and Gingko may also increase your risk of bruising.  Discontinue taking one week prior of scheduled treatment date.

If you are on prescribed blood thinner medications, check with your doctor first before proceeding with your treatment plan.

Don’t wax, tweeze, bleach, or use hair removal products on the treatment area for at least two days before the treatment. This can cause irritation.

Don’t use topical products such as retinol, Retin-A, retinoids, and glycolic acid for at least two days before the procedure.

Avoid drinking alcohol 48 – 72 hours before your procedure – Save the happy hour for another night rather than the night before your treatment. Drinking alcohol can also affect clotting, increasing more chance of bruising and bleeding.

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