9 Botox mistakes to steer clear of

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Botox first-timers and seasoned pros alike can fall prey to these Botox blunders. To easily avoid any mishaps, book an appointment with an experienced Botox provider at Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Anne Storey, PA-C, shares nine common Botox mistakes and their effects. 

Anne Storey
Schedule your next Botox appointment with Anne Storey, PA-C, by calling 402.559.5700.

1. Massage
Don't get a massage at a spa or put pressure on your face after your Botox treatment. The Botox could be spread into other areas and affect those muscles unintentionally. It is best to wait at least one week before scheduling your next massage.

2. Vigorous exercise
Don't exercise on the day of treatment, as it'll increase your risk of bruising. 

3. Starting with too much
While the actual number of units depends on each individual, less is more. More Botox can always be added later. "We start with a low number of units to see how the person responds," says Storey. 

4. Alcohol
Alcohol thins your blood and dries out your skin. To avoid bruising, don't drink alcohol for 48 hours before your Botox treatment.

5. Botox allergy
Cow's milk protein (albumin) is used to make Botox. So avoid Botox if you have an allergy to albumin. Lactose intolerance (bloating after drinking milk) is not the same as an albumin allergy – you're good to get Botox with lactose intolerance.

6. Deactivating the wrong muscles
Droopy eyelids result from injecting Botox too closely to the eyes. Also, there are certain veins which can lead to bruising around the crow's feet. A Botox professional is skilled at injecting the right amount of Botox to exactly the right area.

7. Blood thinners
More swelling or bruising can occur if you're on blood thinners. Under your doctor's supervision, you may need to stop taking blood thinners several days before your injection.

8. Aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen
Aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen all have blood-thinning properties. Avoid taking them a week before the treatment and for a couple days after. These types of medicines can cause more swelling or bruising. 

9. Botox parties
For all the reasons above, only a licensed professional should administer Botox. Don't get Botox injections at Botox parties – it just isn't safe. Storey says, "Only licensed providers can do this type of treatment. In our institution, we've received the proper education and training to support you and provide you with great results."

Have any Botox questions? Schedule a cosmetic consultation at 402.559.5700. Telehealth consultations are available, too!