Botox can seem like a dream come true for many people. After all, who wouldn’t want to freeze their wrinkles and look younger?
But if you want the best possible results, there are some recommendations you should follow. Keep reading to learn how to have the best recovery after Botox!
Wait at least 24 hours before you exercise
Botox is an injectable cosmetic drug that uses the neurotoxin onabotulinumtoxinA, produced from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. In the injections for Botox, a diluted amount of toxin stops muscles from contracting.
This is what helps your wrinkles look less severe. Now, why do you need to wait at least 24 hours to exercise after having Botox?
It’s because you don’t want to spread the toxin to other parts of your body. This could reduce its effectiveness where you received Botox (likely on your face) and could also increase your risk of bruising.
Depending on what your doctor at Takle Eye says, they may recommend waiting a few days before you resume any exercise routines. Take it easy and instead focus on facial exercises like frowning, smiling, or raising your eyebrows.
These can help the effects of Botox show up sooner!
Don’t lay down for the first 4 hours after having Botox
You might be sore or a little tired after having Botox injected, but you should avoid laying down for the first four hours after the injections. Both bending and laying down could spread the toxin and lead to bruising at the injection site.
You can relax, but to be safe, avoid your bed as it’s much too tempting to lay down and take a quick nap! Set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget.
Once it goes off, you can lay down (make sure it’s on your back if you had injections put in your face) and relax the way that you want to.
Avoid wearing any makeup on your face for at least a day
If you had Botox injected into your face, avoid wearing any makeup on the day of your injections, as well as the day after. When you apply makeup, you need to rub your skin.
Like exercising and laying down, rubbing your skin could disperse the toxins to other parts of your body, which you don’t want. You can go makeup-free for one day, trust us!
Don’t drink any alcohol for 24 hours before and after Botox
It may be tempting to want to celebrate that you’ll look young and youthful after having Botox, but don’t drink any alcohol. This applies to both the day before you have Botox, as well as the day after the injections.
If you don’t want to look extremely bruised, it’s important to follow this precaution! Alcohol can increase your risk of bruising, so wait to celebrate for a few days.
Don’t touch your face for 1-3 one days after Botox
If you don’t want to spread the toxins from Botox to other parts of your body, don’t touch your face after having Botox. It’s definitely easier said than done since most people touch their face subconsciously and without even knowing it!
Do your very best not to if you want your Botox injections to stay where they should on your face. If you didn’t have Botox on your face, the same is true for whatever part of your body you had Botox injected.
Avoid having any professional massages after Botox on any treated areas, as this could lead to the toxin moving from the injection site as well.
Avoid sun and heat exposure for 1-2 days after Botox
Did you know that sun and heat exposure can increase your blood pressure, which can encourage bruising? The last thing you want after Botox is more bruising, so your best bet is to avoid all sun and heat exposure for one to two days.
- The sun and being directly in it
- Tanning beds
- Hot tubs
- Taking hot showers or baths
This means that you should probably not plan any beach trips or vacations right after Botox for the best results! After the one to two-day mark, you can go back out in the sun again.
Say no to skin treatments the first day after Botox
There’s nothing like a spa day when it’s all about self-care, relaxation, and feeling your worries melt away. But if you want your Botox injections to have enough time to settle into your muscles, don’t plan your spa day the day after having Botox.
Avoid any skin treatments like facials, dermal fillers, exfoliating scrubs, or facial massages. There is a time and a place for these things, but after Botox, you should focus on recovering at home and making sure your injections are as effective as possible.
After the first day, you could get these treatments again, but to be safe, wait to have your spa day for at least a week or two!
Don’t sleep where you’ve had Botox injected for one night
If you’ve had Botox injected into your face, it’s important to sleep on your back for one night. One night isn’t so bad, right?
Sleeping on your back is important because the Botox injections need time to settle into your muscles. Yes, laying on your face could prevent the injections from settling in and lead to you having less than perfect results.
Don’t take any painkillers before or after Botox
It would seem logical to take a painkiller like Advil or Tylenol before having Botox injections, but it’s actually a bad idea. Painkillers are actually a blood thinner, which, you guessed it, can cause bruising when you have Botox injections.
Not only shouldn’t you take any painkillers before Botox, but you shouldn’t take them after you have Botox either. Taking them after the injections will only lead to more severe bruising, which you don’t want.
If you are uncomfortable and in pain after Botox, an ice pack can help with feelings of discomfort. Refrain from taking any painkillers for at least a day after having Botox for the best results.
If you can handle it, wait at least a week before taking any painkillers after your Botox injections. Looking younger and rejuvenated will make it beyond worth it!
Thinking that it’s time to say so long to your crow’s feet and wrinkles? Schedule an appointment to discuss Botox at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA today!
You’ll never regret saying yes to looking beautiful and feeling more comfortable in your own skin!