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Neurotoxins (ex. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) are a very popular aesthetics treatment used for minimizing facial lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that contract and cause them. Before you indulge, know the do's and don'ts to keep you safe and make the most of your neurotoxin treatments!

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  • Avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, St. John's Wort, oral Vitamin E, ginkgo, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in the 24 hours PRIOR TO AND AFTER your treatment as they may promote the risk of bruising and bleeding in the injection area. You can still take Tylenol for pain.

  • If you are currently taking blood-thinning medications, discuss the use of these medications with your healthcare provider prior to your treatment. You may or may not be a candidate for neurotoxin treatments.

  • If you have any active skin irritation, breakout, acne, sores in the area of the procedure or any active infection (viral, bacterial, fungal), please contact your provider to reschedule your procedure after the active condition has resolved.

  • It is best not consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours before and after treatment, as alcohol may increase bruising risk.

  • It is best not go in with makeup applied or at least be prepared to remove it. Makeup can potentially contamination of the treatment areas.

  • Eat well and stay hydrated before your appointment.

  • Do not get treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety profile of these treatments has not been fully established for this client population.


  • Avoid applying pressure, massaging, or touching the treated area for six (6) hours after the procedure. The area can then be gently washed with a cleanser and water.

  • Do not wear tight hats or sunglasses for four (4) hours after treatment.

  • Do not lay down for 4-6 hours after the treatment.

  • Avoid vigorous scrubs, exfoliation, or facial treatment in the area of treatment for 72 hours.

  • Do not perform strenuous activities (including exercise) for 4-6 hours after treatment.

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or UV/tanning beds for 72 hours after the procedure.

  • For pain/discomfort, use cool packs and over-the-counter analgesics (Acetaminophen, Tylenol).

  • If you develop signs and symptoms of infection (warmth at the site of injection, discharge/pus, persistent pain/discomfort) or if you develop a fever, please contact your provider.

  • If you still have questions or concerns about your specific case, be sure to contact your provider.

Check back here regularly for more tips on how to safely make the most of your aesthetics treatments from your friend - Dr. G!


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