Pre and Post Treatment Instructions for Botox® and Dermal Fillers


If you’ve made the decision to get Botox® or a dermal filler, you’re undoubtedly excited about the prospect of younger, tighter, and more voluminous skin. But, you’re probably also worried about not doing the right things before and after the procedure in order to get the best results possible.

Well, worry no more! Check out our guide to pre and post-treatment instructions for Botox® and dermal fillers, and walk in your appointment with the confidence and knowledge you need to take care of your skin and make your results last as long as possible.


Before the Procedure

  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the procedure
  • Avoid hair removal at the treatment sites, including:
    • Waxing
    • Tweezing
    • Bleaching
    • Hair removal creams
  • Avoid the following medications for 7-10 days before the procedure:
    • Ibuprofen
    • Advil®
    • Motrin®
    • Nuprin®
    • Celebrex®
    • Aleve®
    • St. John’s Wort
    • Gingko Biloba
    • Vitamin E (high doses)
    • Fish oil
  • Avoid sunburn at the treatment sites
  • If you get cold sores, start taking a prophylactic medicine at least one week before the procedure
  • Take Tylenol about an hour before the procedure for pain control if desired
  • Eat a small snack before the procedure
  • Inform the aesthetician of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are currently taking

After the Procedure

  • Use the muscles injected with Botox® for the first 2 hours following treatment
  • Do not touch or rub the injections sites
  • You may notice some bruising or bumps at the treatment sites. This is normal and not cause for alarm.
  • Avoid exercise and sweating for the rest of the day
  • Do not lie down or lean forward for at least 2-4 hours after the procedure.
  • Do not take Ibuprofen, Motrin®, Advil®
  • Do take Tylenol® for discomfort
  • Do not get a facial, massage, or microdermabrasion, for at least 14 days
  • Wait 14 days to see the full result of treatment
  • Wear sunscreen every day

Dermal Fillers

Before the Procedure

Follow all of the same pre-procedure instructions for Botox® above, plus:

  • Come in with a clean face (no makeup or moisturizer)
  • Check with your primary or prescribing doctor about stopping prescription blood thinners 7-10 days before the procedure and 2 days after
  • Avoid dental procedures, even routine ones, for 2 weeks before the procedure

After the Procedure

  • Notify your aesthetician if you have redness or swelling that persists for more than 2 weeks after the filler injections
  • Use cold compresses and Tylenol® for pain control
  • Limit exposure to sunlight and UV rays, especially the day after the procedure
  • Avoid exercise for 48 hours
  • Avoid all of the same medications as the Botox® instructions
  • Avoid dental procedures for at least two weeks after the procedure
  • Wear sunscreen every day

Botox® and Dermal Fillers in Tampa Bay

If you’ve decided to get Botox® or a dermal filler here in Tampa Bay, there’s only one place to go… Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center! Our aesthetic experts have the knowledge and experience necessary to give you a youthful, glowing appearance. Call us at (727) 799-7000 or contact us online to set up an appointment today!