Things to Avoid Before and After Botox Treatment

We’ve been through a lot in New York City over the last year, but we don’t need to let the world see that stress on our face. More people than ever are taking advantage of the beauty and anti-aging benefits of Botox in NYC. Those stress lines in the forehead, depressors around the mouth, and tired-looking wrinkles around the eyes require only a tiny injection a couple times a year to keep us looking rested and fresh. It’s the best non-invasive, not to mention economical, wrinkle-preventing approach around today. When we want (and deserve) the most amazing results, it’s all about preparation. This includes avoiding those substances that can decrease and slow healing after Botox while increasing side effects, like bruising and swelling. An ounce of prevention can go a very long way.

Meds & supplements

When it comes to health, beauty, and Botox in NYC, the doctor’s advice should always come first. It’s a good idea to check with them about any medications we’re taking as they may suggest stopping certain medications one to two weeks prior to the appointment. This includes medications that thin the blood and can cause increased bleeding during the injections, meaning more bruising and discoloration later. Medications to avoid include muscle relaxers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, sleeping aids, and allergy meds. If there are medications that must be taken closer to the treatment, it’s best to inform the doctor. Surprisingly enough, natural supplements can also exhibit these thinning effects on our blood. Supplements such as fish oil, Omega 3s, Vitamin E, garlic, ginseng, and St. John’s Wart should also be avoided over those two weeks prior to the procedure.

Drinking & smoking

Unfortunately, that nightly glass of wine or cigarette we reach for after a stressful day can negatively impact our Botox treatment results. It’s best to avoid alcohol and smoking prior to the appointment. It’s only a minimum of 48 hours before and 24 hours after the procedure, but it can make a big difference to the healing process. Due to its blood thinning capabilities, consuming alcohol can greatly increase bruising following a Botox treatment. Cigarettes, too, can increase the risk of bruising as well as slow the healing process while we wait to achieve our desired results. Saying “NO” to cocktails and cigarettes for two to seven days prior to getting Botox in NYC means less bleeding, swelling, and bruising during and after the treatment. Trust us, it’ll be worth it.

Food & diet

Believe it or not, there are foods we typically eat and drink every day that can increase bruising and swelling while delaying our ability to fully enjoy the results of our Botox treatments. Garlic, for one, can increase post-treatment bruising, and doctors suggest avoiding any foods containing it for one week prior to Botox treatments. In addition, we can avoid unattractive swelling post-procedure by cutting salt in our diets for at least a couple of days before our appointment. Finally, perhaps the toughest elimination for those getting Botox in NYC, is cutting caffeine for 24 hours before the treatment. This includes any other foods and drinks that have dehydrating or diuretic characteristics, which can slow the healing process.


Once we’ve undergone Botox in NYC, we typically enjoy the refreshing results within four-to-five days. Still, there are a few self-care reminders that can help speed healing and improve results. First, it’s best to avoid alcohol for another 24 hours. In addition, avoid touching the face, using skin treatments, or spending time in the sun for the next 48 hours.

When in doubt, ask a professional

We deserve the best from our health and beauty treatments. Fortunately, if we’re uncertain about anything, there are professionals we can rely on for trusted advice. Jordan Jacobs Medical Artistry, is a licensed registered nurse specializing in non-surgical aesthetics. She has enjoyed years of experience creating customized looks for her clients around the world, bringing out their inner beauty. She offers Botox in NYC in a number of medical spas and makes house calls. Click here to learn more.