BOTOX PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
•To minimize the possibility of bruising, non-essential blood-thinning medications or supplements should be discontinued for 10-14 days prior to treatment if possible. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Midol, Aleve, Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer, vitamin E, green tea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, and St. John’s wort. Please note that if you have been prescribed aspirin or another blood thinning medication such as Plavix or Coumadin for medical reasons, do NOT discontinue these medications. Please be advised the bruising does not affect the success of treatment.
•BOTOX® injections are generally very well tolerated with minimal discomfort. The use of a topical anesthetic is optional and generally not required. If you wish to apply a topical anesthetic at home, please notify your physician for a prescription.
•If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to become pregnant, please alert your physician, as you are not a candidate at this time.
•If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call (441)236-9375 to cancel or reschedule. Patients will be charged for any missed appointment that is not cancelled at least 48 business hours in advance.
BOTOX POST-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
•Do not lie flat for at least four hours after your treatment. After four hours, you may resume your normal activities, however, avoid any exercise for at least 24 hours.
•Do not touch, massage, or in any way manipulate the injection sites. To minimize redness and bruising, avoid anything that will make your face or body flush such as direct sunlight, exercise, alcohol, hot showers, or spicy foods for 24 hours. If bruising does occur, it will go away in several days.
•You may apply cool water compresses to the treatment sites if they are uncomfortable or red.
•If you develop a headache, Tylenol is permissible. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen as these agents may increase the risk of bruising.
•To enhance the uptake of BOTOX®, contract the muscles in the treated area frequently for two to three hours after treatment.
•As every patient has a different facial anatomy, asymmetry of the treatment result can occur with BOTOX® injections. Sometimes the correction is less than what you had expected, or wanes quicker than you had expected. Additional treatments may be required to try to meet your expectations. Please call our office to be seen for follow-up should any of these concerns arise.
•If you develop a droopy eyebrow or eyelid, do not be alarmed. This uncommon side effect is not serious. You should call our office, as there are eye drops that can be prescribed which will alleviate this problem. This problem generally resolves in several weeks to several months. If you experience any signs or symptoms that you are concerned about, please do not hesitate to call Toothworx at (441)236-9375.