Aftercare Instructions for Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Aftercare Instructions for Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections are the terminology that we use because specific drug product names are prohibited for use in Australia.  They are also known as “wrinkle relaxers,” “toxins,” and “tox.” If you are looking for aftercare instructions for dermal fillers, follow the link.

Bruising is the most common complication. You can treat bruises with Arnica gel. Some complications of these injection procedures can include either a forehead droop or rarely, an eyelid droops. If your forehead feels heavy after a treatment, you can combat this by regularly lifting your eyebrows and this effect with dissipate. If you have a true eyelid droop, there are prescriptions drops that can help until it wears off. Please see your injector for following. Post-injection headache is another common side effect. If you experience this, you can take acetaminophen if you have no allergies or contraindications. Mostly, don’t rub towards your eyes for 24 hours. 

Aftercare Instructions

Immediate Aftercare (First 24 Hours):

  1. Avoid Touching the Treated Area: Refrain from rubbing, massaging, or applying pressure to the injection sites to prevent spreading the Botox to unintended muscles. Don’t rub towards your eyes for 24 hours. Be careful when washing your face.
  2. Facial Movements: Normal facial expressions are fine, but avoid exaggerated facial movements or strenuous facial exercises.
  3. Remain Upright: Try to stay upright for at least 4 hours after the treatment. Avoid bending over or lying down immediately after the procedure.
  4. Avoid Heat Exposure: Stay out of direct sunlight, hot environments like saunas, and refrain from hot showers or baths for the rest of the day.
  5. Skip Strenuous Activities: Avoid vigorous physical activities or exercise for the rest of the day to minimize the risk of increasing blood flow to the face. When people sweat, they tend to wipe their face with towels and you don’t want to rub towards your eyes for 24 hours after your treatment.
  6. Alcohol and Blood Thinners: Refrain from consuming alcohol and avoid blood-thinning medications or supplements for 24 hours unless prescribed by your doctor.

Subsequent Care (24-48 Hours and Beyond):

  1. Skincare and Makeup: Resume your regular skincare and makeup routine after 24 hours, but be gentle around the treated areas.
  2. Sleep Position: Try to sleep on your back for the first night to avoid putting pressure on the treated areas.
  3. Monitoring Symptoms: Mild swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection sites is normal. These should resolve within a few days.

What to Avoid for the Next Few Days:

  • No Facials or Massages: Avoid facial treatments or massages for at least 2 weeks to allow the Botox to settle.
  • Stay Out of High Heat: Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds, and high heat exposure for 2 weeks.
  • Be Cautious with Other Procedures: Consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any other facial procedures.

Observing Results:

  • It can take anywhere from 3-7 days to start seeing the effects of anti-wrinkle injections, with full results visible at 2 weeks.
  • If you have any concerns about your results, please wait until the 2-week mark to assess the full effect.

Follow-Up and Touch-Ups:

  • If you require a touch-up or have any concerns, please schedule a follow-up appointment with us. (03) 5241 6129


  • While rare, if you experience any unusual symptoms such as difficulty breathing, vision changes, or muscle weakness, seek medical attention immediately.

Questions or Concerns:

  • If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic.

Thank you for trusting us with your aesthetic care. We hope you enjoy your rejuvenated appearance!

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