Aftercare Guide: TMJ Pain Injections

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    So, now that you’ve undergone TMJ pain injections, you’ll want to ensure that your result settles quickly, and the effect is long-lasting.

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, we believe that patient education is one of the most important parts of your treatment journey. While the procedure may be minor and non-surgical, it is vital that you know how to make the most of your treatment by carefully adhering to the aftercare instructions for your TMJ pain injections.

    Following the TMJ pain injection aftercare is an effective way to achieve and maintain a great and long-lasting result.


    What should I avoid after TMJ pain injections?

    Until the day after your TMJ pain injections, you should avoid:

    • Applying makeup to the treated area
    • Lying down with pressure on the injection sites (try to sleep on your back)

    For the first 24 hours after TMJ pain injections, you should avoid:

    • Intense exercise
    • Excessive alcohol
    • Smoking

    For the first 7 days after your treatment, you should avoid:

    • Applying firm pressure to the injected area


    How to reduce swelling after TMJ pain injections

    Here are some great ways you can minimise any swelling from your TMJ pain injections:

    • Avoid hot environments until the swelling has resolved. This includes hot showers, saunas and sitting out in the sun.
    • You can take an antihistamine on the day of your treatment, as long as you are medically suitable.
    • Avoid touching, scratching or picking at the skin of the injected area.
    • Gently apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for the first 4 hours after your injections.


    How to reduce bruising after TMJ pain injections

    If you are worried about bruising from your TMJ pain injections, consider following these steps:

    • Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours
    • Avoid intense exercise for the first day
    • Gently apply a wrapped cold pack intermittently for the first few hours after your TMJ pain injections (be careful not to apply any pressure).

    If you have bruising after TMJ pain injections, you can cover it with makeup the day after your treatment.


    What to expect in the first few months after TMJ pain injections

    You can look forward to enjoying an improvement in your TMJ pain 2 weeks after your treatment.

    In the first few days, there may be some mild swelling and tenderness. This will quickly resolve on its own.

    If it is your first treatment, or the effect from your previous treatment has completely worn off before you come back for another session, there is a small chance that you won’t achieve the most benefit possible from the injections. In such cases, a second treatment can be performed to achieve a more significant improvement in your TMJ pain.

    You can expect your TMJ pain to improve for 6-9 months on average. Over time, the treated muscles will gradually return to normal strength and your symptoms will recur. With consistent treatment, some people find that their TMJ pain never returns to the same degree as it was before having TMJ pain injections.


    Are there any side effects with TMJ pain injections?

    All cosmetic medical procedures have potential side effects.

    When performed with skill, caution and care, TMJ pain injections are categorised as a low-risk procedure. You can reduce the risk of side effects by following proper TMJ pain injection aftercare.

    While it is unlikely, some TMJ pain injection side effects that you may experience include:

    • Skin redness that will gradually improve in the first few days.
    • Bruising which has a less than 5% risk and can be covered with makeup.

    There is also a rare risk of temporary smile weakness and muscle bulging.


    Why is TMJ pain injection aftercare important?

    No matter if it’s your first TMJ pain treatment or your tenth, following the TMJ pain injection aftercare is very important.

    Following these aftercare instructions for TMJ pain injections is the best way to care for your new look, reduce the chance of side effects and prolong your result.

    While these aftercare steps may seem minor and trivial, not following them may compromise your result.


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