Post-Care Instructions

These post-care instructions provide exactly what you need to know after receiving microneedling, BOTOX®, HA fillers, and more.

Microneedling

  • Recovery time will be influenced by how aggressive of a treatment you have received and your individual skin’s response. Your care specialist will discuss your individual time frame, but you should expect between 1-4 days. 
  • Avoid sun exposure for 3-5 days. Sun block is mandatory if outside and should be reapplied every 2 hours.
  • Avoid waxing, laser, and facial treatments for 2 weeks.
  • You should avoid exercise or swimming for 24 hours. You do not want to sweat.
  • No exfoliating products, vitamin C, Retin-A, astringents, acids, or products containing alcohol/fragrance for 3 days unless instructed by your skin care specialists. 
  • No makeup for 24 hours. It is recommended to use mineral makeup after that time.
  • Increase water intake to include at least 8 glasses.
  • Wash treated area with gentle cleanser 3 days post treatment. Do not use washcloths as that can irritate your skin.
  • Do not pick at your face.

BOTOX® Cosmetic/Dysport®

  • Make-up may be gently applied if necessary. It is recommended to use new, mineral based make-up to reduce the risk of infection. On your forehead use movements that are up and away from your eyes and brows.
  • Although rare, infection is possible. Signs of infection include redness, tenderness, or pain in the infected area and fever. Should you develop an infection, antibiotics may be necessary. Please call Fresh Aesthetics Medical Spa immediately with any concerns. 
  • For the first 4 hours following Botox injection, remain upright and do not participate in activities that include heavy lifting, overheating, vigorous exercise or straining.
  • Do not touch, rub, manipulate or put pressure on the Botox injection sites for 4 hours. 
  • If your upper lip was treated you will not be able to drink through a straw, whistle, or enunciate some words for approximately 2 weeks.
  • The effects of Botox will last 3-6 months with an average of 3-4 months. Regular touch-ups are recommended every 3-4 months. 
  • Do not drive a car or engage in other potentially hazardous activities if you develop loss of strength, muscle weakness, or impaired vision. Seek medical care. Call 911 with breathing difficulty. 
  • Bruising in the area injected can happen, and can last up to several weeks. Applying topical Arnica, Dermaka and taking oral Arnica pills can help reduce bruising. If you do bruise, apply a moist hot compress over the bruise for 10 minutes 3 times daily, then rub Arnica or Dermaka gently into the bruise. Careful not to scald skin causing further damage. You can purchase Dermaka from Fresh Aesthetics Medical Spa. 
  • Typically, you will feel the effects of Botox gradually. You will start to notice them slightly by day 3, and fully by days 7-10. Please return to Fresh Aesthetics Medical Spa between days 10-14 for an evaluation, especially if it is your first visit. Waiting longer than 14 days will result in a layered effect and will not provide optimal results. If full correction was not achieved, you will need to purchase additional Botox for injection. Original sale price will be honored.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

  • Make-up may be gently applied if necessary. It is recommended to use new, mineral based make-up to reduce the risk of infection. It is recommended that you do not use any make up that day if your cheeks were injected because the risk of infection is higher.
  • Although rare, infection is possible. Signs of infection include redness, tenderness, or pain in the infected are and fever. Should you develop an infection, antibiotics may be necessary. Please call your provider immediately with any concerns. 
  • Bruising in the area injected is normal and expected. Bruising can be slight to severe, and last up to several weeks. Applying the topical gel Arnica or Dermaka to the area and taking oral Arnica pills can help reduce this. For a quick recovery, use ice every few hours on day one, then alternate ice and moist heat on day 2, then just moist heat until healed. Apply to affected area for 5-10 minutes every few hours and apply Dermaka multiple times daily for best results.
  • Do not participate in activities that include heavy lifting, overheating, vigorous exercise or straining for the first 24-48 hours. Rest your face. Your skin may look and feel lumpy, bumpy, swollen, bruised, red, or uneven, especially with lip injections. This is normal and will subside as it heals. It can take up to 3 months for complete healing for some people, but most take 3-4 weeks. Do not massage the area as the product is malleable under the skin for a period of time. On occasion, further correction is needed with more product or with the enzyme that dissolves it. 
  • There will be swelling from the trauma of the needle, and from your bodies reaction to the product placed. Swelling will worsen on days 2 and 3, but by day 4 you will start to see improvement. This is especially important to remember with lip augmentation as they can see, distorted, lumpy, and very large. You may apply ice immediately for the first 24 hours (On ten minutes, off ten minutes). Some people have a histamine reaction to the product and have great swelling. You may take Benadryl, Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec for this reaction.
  • Contact us immediately if you experience: fever and/or chills; if the area appears red, hot to the touch, or “angry” looking; severe pain or increasing pain; or discolored blotches in areas not injected or blanching of injected areas.

Dermal Infusion

  • Facial telangiectasia (small blood vessels) is sometimes more apparent immediately after the treatment when the skin is thin and will diminish over time.
  • Your skin may experience temporary tightness, mild redness, or slight swelling, which should dissipate within a few hours.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for 3-5 days. Sun block is mandatory if outside and should be reapplied every 2 hours. 
  • Avoid wearing makeup for 24 hours if possible.

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