What should I avoid after Botox injections?
BOTOX is a popular and often-requested anti-aging treatment across the globe, thanks to its quick treatment time, minimal side effects, and zero downtime. While patients can expect to resume their normal activities right away, returning to work, school, or shopping after their appointment, there are a few restrictions to be aware of. Following your practitioner’s instructions after BOTOX injections is paramount to a successful and natural-looking result. Below we will discuss the things to look out for and avoid after your BOTOX treatment.
Immediately after your BOTOX session
There is no need to take time off from work or school after BOTOX, but you will need to avoid direct sun exposure and postpone your strenuous workouts. For the initial 4-5 hours after your injections, refrain from rubbing, touching, massaging, or otherwise disturbing the treatment areas. You should stay upright and not lie down during this phase of recovery.
The first few days after your BOTOX treatment
You can resume light physical activities such as walking, household chores, and socializing. However, you’ll need to continue avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours. On the first night after your injections, make sure you sleep on your back; do not put pressure on the treatment zones. Continue to avoid harmful UV rays for up to 48 hours, along with hot showers, saunas, hot tubs, and tanning beds.
It is recommended that you abstain from alcohol for 24 hours after BOTOX as a precautionary measure. Because alcohol is a blood thinner, it can potentially promote excess bruising and redness. For some, BOTOX may cause minor dizziness and drowsiness, side effects that may be exacerbated by alcohol consumption.
To avoid irritating the skin, postpone the use of makeup and skincare products for 24 hours after BOTOX injections. You may be instructed to perform some gentle facial exercises to help the product take effect.
Watch and wait: On guard for complications
While BOTOX is considered low-risk when it comes to complications, it is still important to stay vigilant, especially if it is your first time undergoing treatment with this neuromodulator. You should know the symptoms to look out for and when to call for medical assistance.
The most common side effects are minor swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection sites. These may last a few days and then fade on their own. Soreness and discomfort can be well-managed with a cold compress. A stiff feeling in the skin is also normal and will subside over the coming days.
Side effects such as dysphagia, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, drooping eyelids, or vision changes are more serious and may require medical intervention. The best way to avoid complications is to choose a reputable, experienced, and credentialed provider.
What is the takeaway?
Most patients find BOTOX injections to be comfortable, easy, and even enjoyable. It is easy to get back to your normal schedule after BOTOX, and the treatment can even be performed over your lunch break. By taking care to avoid a few simple things for 24 hours, such as intense sun exposure, makeup, alcohol, and strenuous exercise, you can enjoy the wonderful anti-aging benefits of the world’s gold-standard facial rejuvenation elixir.