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Cosmetic Procedures in the Heat: Health Expert Warning

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As the temperature rises, many of us are eager to indulge in summer fun, but it’s also a crucial time to consider how the heat affects cosmetic treatments like fillers and Botox. At Youth Lab AUS, our team of health experts offers tailored advice to ensure your treatment is safe and effective, regardless of the weather. Here’s a comprehensive guide to managing dermal fillers and Botox during hot weather.

Timing your treatment

Plan ahead: If possible, schedule your procedure during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning appointments are ideal, as this allows the swelling to reduce throughout the day and avoids peak heat times, which can exacerbate swelling and discomfort.

Before the procedure

Stay hydrated: Ensure you’re well-hydrated before your appointment. Hydration is key for maintaining optimal skin health and can aid in recovery post-treatment.

Avoid alcohol: For at least 24–48 hours before your treatment, steer clear of alcohol. Alcohol can increase bruising and swelling and can be dehydrating, which is particularly problematic in the heat.

Skip sunbathing: Avoid sun exposure before your treatment. Sunburned or irritated skin can complicate the procedure and the healing process.

Post-treatment care

Cool compresses: Gentle cooling of the treated area can help reduce swelling. Use cool compresses intermittently for the first 24 hours, but ensure they are not too cold or applied directly to the skin.

Stay out of the sun: Post-treatment, your skin is more sensitive to UV rays. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. This is crucial to prevent complications like pigmentation changes.

Limit physical activity: For the first 24–48 hours, avoid strenuous activities, especially in the heat. Increased blood flow from exercise can worsen swelling or cause more pronounced bruising.

Keep cool: Try to stay in cool, air-conditioned environments as much as possible. High temperatures can increase swelling and discomfort.

Products to avoid

No harsh skincare: Avoid using products with retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid immediately before and after your treatment, as they can irritate the skin.

Avoid make-up: If possible, keep the treated areas free of makeup for at least 24 hours to prevent infection and allow the skin to breathe and heal.

Monitor your skin

Watch for adverse reactions: Pay attention to how your skin reacts in the days following your procedure. If you notice excessive swelling, bruising, or discomfort, contact your practitioner. This is especially important in hot weather, when such reactions can be exacerbated.

Follow up

Schedule a check-up: Especially in the summer, a follow-up appointment is beneficial. This allows your practitioner to assess the healing process and ensure that the treatment is settling correctly.

At Youth Lab AUS, our priority is your safety and satisfaction with your cosmetic procedures. By following these tips, you can enjoy a beautiful, confident summer with minimal discomfort and maximum results. Remember, every individual’s skin is unique, so it’s important to follow the specific advice given by your healthcare provider tailored to your personal needs.

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