INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRE-TREATMENT AND
POST-TREATMENT WITH INJECTABLES
*Try to avoid any medications or supplements that have a blood thinning effect.
This includes: aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, St John’s Wort, fish oil.
These products increase the risk of bruising.
*Don’t drink alcohol the night prior to your treatment as it thins the blood and
increases the risk of bruising.
*When possible, schedule your appointment 2 weeks before a big event or
vacation. This is due to the possibility of bruising and swelling. Also,
Botox takes 5-7 days to take effect.
*Discontinue Retin A products 2 days before and 2 days after your appointment.
*If you have a rash or blemish in the area to be injected, please call to
reschedule your appointment.
*If you have a history of cold sores let your provider know. An anti-viral
medication may be prescribed in case of a flare.
*Please eat and hydrate before your appointment. This minimizes the possibility
of lightheadedness during injection.
*If you are pregnant or nursing you are not a candidate for these procedures.
*If swelling is an issue for you, Tylenol and Benadryl may be taken prior to your
appointment. Arnica may also be taken for 2 days prior to treatment if you
bruise easily or as a precaution.
*Don’t push or rub on the area that has been injected for 4 hours.
*Don’t lie down for 6 hours after your appointment. This prevents Botox from
traveling into the eye orbit and causing a droopy lid.
*Don’t exercise or perform strenuous activity the day you have the treatment.
*Botox can take up to 2 weeks to take full effect. Please allow this amount of
time before scheduling an appointment for an additional touch up of
*If bruising occurs, Arnica tablets and gel can help the bruising to resolve
more quickly. You may start Arnica tablets 2 days before treatment.
*Avoid manipulating the area that has been treated unless instructed by the provider
to do so.
*Don’t exercise the day of treatment.
*Avoid sun, tanning beds and high temperatures for 3 days after treatment.
*If swelling occurs, you may gently ice the area for 15 minutes per hour.
*If swollen, try to sleep face up and slightly elevated for a few days and minimize
alcohol and salt intake.
*Tylenol may be taken for swelling and Arnica for bruising.
*If Sculptra is injected, please massage the area for 5 minutes 5 times a day for
5 days as instructed by the provider. This smooths the product and minimizes
any small lumps from forming.