Aesthetic Injectors Guide to Filler & Botox Aftercare Instructions

Aesthetic Injectors Guide to Filler & Botox Aftercare Instructions

Building relationships with your clients is one of the best parts of becoming an aesthetic injector.

You’ll find patients who can’t wait to revisit you if you offer the proper guidance, transformational results, and support with every treatment. You become their go-to, the one they trust to look and feel their best daily.

That’s why it’s so important to find the right training resources! While one company may offer the basics of what you need for injecting, more reputable businesses like DCCM Academy go beyond to set you up for success in your career.

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If you want to become a dermal filler and Botox injector, learning how to inject is only the beginning. World-class estheticians go beyond the initial injection to educate on the treatment itself and post-treatment care instructions.

By setting realistic expectations with patients and informing them of best practices for aftercare, you avoid unnecessary complications and build credibility in your profession.

Set Realistic Neuromodulator Expectations with Clients

Confidence in your Botox and filler injector abilities comes with understanding how to customize treatment to each patient along with any side effects and how to mitigate them. Bringing everything together is your ability to communicate everything with your patients, answering questions and addressing concerns so they feel comfortable.

As with any medical treatment, side effects and risks are a possibility. When consulting with patients, help them avoid any surprises by informing them of potential symptoms they might notice.

After aesthetic injections, swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the treatment area are all common. While these effects typically only last a few days, there are activities to do and avoid to have a healthy post-procedure experience.

Instructions on Taking Care of Your Skin After Botox or Filler

When you have consultations with patients and help them decide between dermal fillers and Botox, you’ll also advise the best ways to handle aftercare to achieve optimal results. There are key ways that patients can reduce bruising and swelling, and you’ll stand out as a medical practitioner for guiding patients through the process.

What to Do After Botox

Whether you run a physical clinic or a mobile Botox business, it’s your responsibility to educate everyone who comes to you on how to safely and effectively use Botox.

Let patients know it’s best to leave the treatment area alone for several hours so the solution can start working its magic in the intended location rather than migrate.

Don’t rub the area or touch it too much, but moving facial muscles through expressions is a good idea. Making different faces and moving the muscles that way will help the Botox to absorb faster.

One tip we would like to share is planning one week of no major events post-Botox, just in case of bruising. With enough time for the skin to rest after treatment, patients are free to wear makeup to cover any residual bruising. Tiny bumps or red marks after injection are normal, as the skin may be irritated, but they will disappear within a few hours.

What to Avoid After Botox

Your patients should be aware of the importance of not touching their face or wearing makeup after their Botox injections. This is both for infection safety and to help prevent Botox migration.

Ice should not be directly applied to the skin. The same for hot showers and saunas – it’s best to avoid extreme temperatures for a minimum of four hours. After that, start with lukewarm water, and avoid facial products or touching the area.

Any additional treatments, such as facials, microneedling, or IPL, should have two weeks in between Botox to give time for the skin to heal and adjust. It takes between 10-14 days for Botox to settle and for effects to be seen. Patients should take extra special care of their skin during the first week after treatment to help the settling process move along.

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Lying Down After Botox

When it comes to sleep after Botox, let your patients know they should avoid sleeping on the same side as the injection site for the first night at a minimum. Face-down massages and additional facial treatments should not happen for 24 hours after Botox.

Lying down after Botox should wait for at least the first four hours post-injections. The same can be said for bending and lifting. Both tips on sleeping and lying down help prevent toxin migration, keeping the Botox in the intended area.

Botox and Alcohol

We don’t advise alcohol after Botox for at least the first 24 hours after treatment. Alcohol is a blood thinner. Since the biggest component of Botox aftercare is preventing accidental migration and bruising, it’s best to avoid blood thinners that increase swelling and bruising.

Coffee and other caffeinated beverages are also best left alone for the same amount of time.

Exercise After Botox

Strenuous exercise is not advisable after Botox. Inform your patients that they should prepare to rest and relax for 24-48 hours post-treatment. This is because too much activity can potentially flush the toxin from the injection area. It can also cause swelling and bruising, which is less severe than migration but still challenging. A short walk is acceptable, but patients should proceed cautiously for better results.

What to Do After Fillers

It’s normal for some bruising to occur after filler injection, along with redness and swelling. Dermal fillers usually settle within 72 hours, although tiny bumps may stay for a couple of weeks before disappearing.

To make the dermal filler aftercare process easier, patients should:

  • Treat the area gently

  • Drink lots of water

  • Sleep in an elevated position

  • Stay indoors or out of direct sunlight

If direct sunlight cannot be avoided after aesthetic injections, patients should wear sun-protective clothing to help block harmful rays and prevent sun damage complications.

Exercising the treated muscles will help work the treatment into the muscles, such as frowning, squinting, or eyebrow-raising. But remind your patients that they should not be rubbing or massaging the area to try working the solution is better, as this can lead to migration. Facial expressions only!

What Not to Do After Dermal Fillers

Just like Botox, dermal filler patients should know not to apply pressure to injection sites or rub/touch the treatment area. If your patient opts for lip filler, they should avoid kissing anyone for at least four hours.

Lying down and entering a sauna, hot tub, or tanning bed are all not advised for several hours after treatment. Any of these activities can raise blood pressure, which increases the risk of bruising.

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Additional Aftercare Tips for Botox and Fillers

This is a great opportunity to speak with your clients about swapping their makeup applicators out for clean ones after aesthetic injections.

Even though it’s an unlikely event, the micro punctures from injections leave a small opportunity for bacterial infections from old makeup, dirty applicators, and unclean hands.

Lastly, patients should avoid getting any dental work or vaccines for the two weeks before and after aesthetic injections.

When to Seek Medical Advice After Botox

Naturally, you’ll want to leave communication open with your patients if they have questions or concerns after treatment. Very few patients will find themselves with a headache following their appointment. This is easily remedied with Tylenol for pain relief.

But when should they know with certainty to call so that you can address adverse effects?

Botox and fillers are safe treatments with low rates of adverse effects, but patients should call if there are:

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Troubles swallowing

  • Changes in vision

  • Severe pains

  • Skin color abnormalities

  • Increased swelling, redness, or pain after 24 hours

Let your patients know that while serious complications are rare, you’re ready to help just in case. The right aesthetic medicine training and experience will support you in this journey so that you can properly handle treatment complications.

Master Your Skills as an Aesthetic Injector with DCCM™ Academy

When you talk with individuals about making the most of their treatments, rather than administering treatments and moving on, you’ll build trust. Help them to plan their appointment around life events to look and feel their best. Advise them on your favorite skincare tips.

DCCM Academy has the resources you need to become a top aesthetic nurse or Botox injector. Our courses and certifications prepare you to give patients world-class treatments, every time. Call (603) 691-2942 or reach out online to learn more!

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My name is Tara and I am the owner of Delle Chiaie Cosmetic Medicine. I have been in medicine since 2002 as a Registered Nurse. In 2011 I graduated from the accelerated program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). My goal is to continually fine-tune the art of bringing one’s inner beauty to the surface.

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Tara Delle Chiaie
Owner/Master Aesthetic Injector

My name is Tara and I am the owner of Delle Chiaie Cosmetic Medicine. I have been in medicine since 2002 as a Registered Nurse. In 2011 I graduated from the accelerated program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and immediately became nationally recognized through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. I grew up in the beauty industry and found it was a great union to blend beauty with medicine. I have an astute sense of safety, while my experience guides my practice to produce beautiful and natural results. My goal is to continually fine-tune the art of bringing one’s inner beauty to the surface.

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