Patients who want a go-to solution for banishing their forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet frequently turn to BOTOX® Cosmetic. This straightforward, highly effective treatment requires no downtime and is a quick and relatively painless procedure that you can easily schedule into your lunch break.
But while it may be a low-maintenance treatment, understanding what to do—and what NOT to do—after a BOTOX treatment is important. With this in mind, we are addressing common BOTOX aftercare questions and sharing a roundup of do’s and don’ts to help you reap the full benefits of your BOTOX experience.
Can You Lay Down After BOTOX?
We recommend sitting up for at least 4 hours following treatment to minimize bruising or other potential side effects. Keeping your head upright also helps reduce the risk of the neurotoxin migrating to unintended areas of the face.
Can You Drink After BOTOX?
Water? Yes. But hold off on drinking alcohol for a bit. We advise that you avoid alcohol for 24 to 48 hours after BOTOX because drinking may affect your skin’s recovery. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and thins the blood, which can increase bruising, swelling, and other side effects.
Can You Work Out After BOTOX?
Most professionals advise against it because vigorous physical activity can increase blood flow to the face. This can trigger BOTOX diffusion away from the injection site, which may hamper your results or affect the surrounding facial muscles. Even lower-impact exercises like yoga or Pilates can put excessive strain on your facial muscles immediately after BOTOX. Give yourself 24 hours before heading to the gym after BOTOX.
Can You Fly After BOTOX?
Yes, you can fly after having BOTOX injections. Airplane cabin pressure has no negative effect on your BOTOX treatment, making it safe to fly on the same day as your injections.
How Long After BOTOX Can You Get a Facial?
We recommend waiting 2 weeks before getting a facial after BOTOX to give your skin time to settle, heal, and achieve the desired results.
BOTOX Do’s and Don’ts
Now that we have shared some aftercare best practices, we will leave you with a roundup of BOTOX do’s and don’ts. Keep these tips top of mind when you head to your next appointment.
What To Do After BOTOX
- DO keep your head elevated.
- DO ice the injected area.
- DO use a gentle skin cleanser.
- DO stay hydrated.
What Not To Do After BOTOX
- DON’T touch or rub the treatment area.
- DON’T drink alcohol.
- DON’T exercise for 24 to 48 hours.
- DON’T forget to protect your skin with sunscreen.
Schedule Your BOTOX Consult
Consulting with an experienced injector is important to ensuring you have a positive BOTOX experience. Your qualified injector can confirm if BOTOX or another facial rejuvenation procedure is right for you. When you are ready for your first—or next—BOTOX treatment, we encourage you to reach out to request a consultation online or call us at (650) 325-1118.