DR STASI BOTHA’S MAY NEWSLETTER: AFTERCARE

 WELCOME TO MY MAY NEWSLETTER! 

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This month I thought it would be interesting for me to talk about aftercare and how to make sure you take the right steps when it comes to recovering after an aesthetic treatment.

As your physician, I cannot stress enough the importance of protecting and soothing your skin after a session at my practice. Whether you came for Botox, dermal fillers, Skin needling or Fraxel, you need to know exactly what to do once you leave my rooms in order to maintain beautiful, long lasting results.

Of course, after your treatment I will give you all these recommendations again and will guide you through the aftercare process. I will answer any questions and make sure you know exactly how to proceed once you get home.

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I hope you enjoy what follows!

→After Fraxel

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After your Fraxel Laser treatment, you should clean the treated area by washing with non-allergic cleansers that are soap-free but you should not clean the area more than twice daily. After you have washed the area, it is recommended you pat it dry lightly.

This patting is also great advice for after a shower. Try it, you’ll see what a difference it makes to your skin.

Do not rub the treated area after the Fraxel treatment as it may irritate the treated skin.

There is no need to take time off work after a Fraxel treatment but there will be 2 to 3 days of redness and in some cases you might experience some swelling, which can be covered with makeup. This is completely normal and of short duration.

Knowing that you can be back in the social world within a day gives you great confidence in the procedure.

It is important that you keep the treated areas moisturized by using creams and moisturisers that I will recommend. I will explain how to use these creams, how often to apply them and for how long.
After a Fraxel treatment, it is important that you eat and sleep well in order to ensure the best recovery and results possible.

I always advise my patients to apply large amounts of SPF and make sure they stay out of the sun. If you have to go in the sun, you will need to make sure that the treated area is well covered. Sunblock must be applied hourly and a hat must be worn.

SPF should be part of your daily anti-ageing routine too, sunblock actually only lasts for one hour, therefore you should apply it often.

→After Skin needling

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It is very important for you to avoid direct exposure to sun rays for at least 4 days after the procedure. But I will still ask you to wear a high quality SPF for more protection.

This is because of the damage caused by the needling, and additional sun damage will delay the healing process. This is why winter is also a great time for micro-needling, because the sun is not so harsh.

Carefully following my guidelines is very important as it will prevent any skin damage. You must keep in mind that a good healing is a process that cannot be rushed or overlooked as it would counteract the benefits of the actual procedure.

After the micro-needling, I need you to avoid the use of sensitizing drugs or skin cosmetics or cosmetics that contain mineral oils, Vaseline, lanoline, petroleum or acids. It is also important to avoid steam bath or sauna the first day after the treatment. Make up and after-shave (because men love micro-needling too) cannot be applied within the first two days post treatment.

→After Botox

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Botox is a popular procedure at my practice that most patients enjoy without any complications. However, it is always good to be reminded that after the injections you may notice some small red dots and bumps which usually fade after a few hours. Minor bruising may occur and last a few days.

It is still very important that you follow my instructions for BOTOX® after care to help ensure that you achieve optimal results.

After a Botulinum toxin session, some patients like to apply a lightweight cold compress to the treated area for a few minutes after the procedure. Even though the injections are not painful per-se, you may still want to get some immediate relief in order to be as comfortable as possible.

If you make sure to carefully follow my instructions, your recovery after Botox will be quick and pleasant. You will be able to resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Nonetheless, I usually advise my patients to wait 24 hours before taking part in any strenuous activity i.e. gym or cardio sessions. I also recommend that you avoid lying down for four to five hours following the treatment and that you avoid touching the treated area.

We just want the Botulinum Toxin to settle down. It does take a few days for the treatment to take effect and these tips assist with more accurate results.

→After Dermal Fillers

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Like with any other procedures, there are some risks. With dermal fillers, there is a small possibility of allergic reaction. There is usually localised redness and swelling that can last a day or two.

Should this be the case, a simple script for antihistamines will do, but this is a very rare occurrence.

Bruising is a more common side effect after dermal filler injections which can last up to a 5 days. But together during the consultation we will go over the possible risks and complications. I want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible.

If you do bruise we do have great medical make-up available in the shape of Oxygenetics, which we can match with your skin tone.

Healing time varies from person to person, however, so some may experience redness and swelling slightly longer than others but overall the recovery and healing process after dermal filler injections is quick and easy.

There should never be any healing side-effect that cannot be covered by well placed make-up, and this is why dermal fillers are proving so popular.

I usually advise my patients to avoid touching and massaging the product situated in the treated area for the first 24 hours after their dermal filler injections as this could disturb the dermal filler gel and impair the results.

Of course this can be difficult, but the advice is to be aware of your treatment area. These are simple tips to prolong the life of your result.

As part of the dermal filler aftercare procedure, it is also advisable to use a cold pack as needed to reduce swelling and redness at the injection site. With the use of cannulas bruising and swelling is reduced, but should you swell a cold pack will do nothing to the result, but will get you out and about again.

A cold pack will be available at the time of treatment.

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