Everyone wants to look their best. In fact, Americans are spending more on plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures than ever before, with $16 billion spent in 2016alone. Botox, microdermabrasion, and fillers are some of the most popular non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.
If you’re one of the thousands of people who have recently undergone one of these techniques or are considering having them, you may wonder, “Can I have microdermabrasion after Botox and fillers?” Knowing what each procedure entails will help you better understand the general rules that should be considered before having another.
What Is Botox?
The Botox used by doctors is a purified version of the botulinum bacteria toxin. When injected into the skin in small doses, it helps to relax the clenched facial muscles that contribute to frown lines, crow’s feet, and other lines commonly found in the skin as people age. Botox in Houston only takes a few minutes to administer and does not typically cause patient discomfort. The most common side effects are redness, swelling and bruising—however, reactions do vary. Patients can expect to see full results within a week and should repeat the process about once every four to six weeks.
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What Are Fillers?
Fillers are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles and sagging that can occur in facial skin. They work by filling out the tissue underneath the affected areas like the lips, cheeks and under the eyes. Collagen, which occurs naturally in the body, is the best and most frequently used type of filler. For optimal results, fillers are generally done every three to six months. Other filler alternatives include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, polymethylmethacrylate beads, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate beads and general fat cells, which are found in places like the thigh or abdomen. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last nine months or longer.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion works by gently sanding the skin with tiny exfoliating crystals. The process removes the top layer of skin, which reduces the appearance of discoloration, fine lines and mild acne scars. The dead skin cells are then suctioned from the face to reveal a new layer of skin, which for the first two hours or so may appear pink or reddish, similar to a sunburn. Recovery time is minimal, however, for significant results, you may need to repeat the procedure over the course of several weeks.
Microdermabrasion After Botox and Fillers
Can you have microdermabrasion after Botox? Yes. However, most doctors recommend waiting at least 24 hours after Botox before having any kind of facial rejuvenation treatment. Excessive pushing or pressing on the skin can interfere with the effectiveness of your Botox treatment.
Some physicians even recommend waiting up to two weeks before having microdermabrasion, which is the amount of time that it takes for your muscles to fully relax after Botox.
It is not uncommon for a doctor to perform microdermabrasion before fillers to improve results. But if you get fillers first, you should wait several days before having microdermabrasion so that the fillers have enough time to take effect. Depending on what type of filler you have first, waiting to have your microdermabrasion may be recommended.
Understanding the basics of the most common minimally invasive Houston cosmetic procedures will help you decide if having microdermabrasion after Botox and fillers is really right for you. Be sure to review the risks and rewards of each procedure with your doctor to ensure the best results.