As the world’s most popular cosmetic treatment, Botox is the go-to procedure to eliminate forehead furrows, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines. It’s so convenient that you can get injections on your lunch break and continue maintaining your refreshed, wrinkle-free look with touch-ups every three to six months.
To maximize the benefits of this low-risk, high-reward procedure, you should avoid these seven specific things after getting Botox.
1. Rubbing Your Face
While Botox injections aren’t painful, you may feel tempted to rub the treated area afterward in response to mild side effects like swelling. However, massaging your face may cause Botox to spread outside the targeted region, where it could lead to unintended results like eyelid drooping.
2. Sun and Heat Exposure
A sunburn is your skin’s response to UV radiation. While you always want to avoid cumulative sun damage, you’ll need to be especially cautious about staying out of the sun after Botox injections. In addition, heat exposure from hot tubs, steam rooms, or long summer days can cause unwanted dark spots in treated areas.
3. Intense Exercise
Botox temporarily paralyzes specific nerve impulses to muscle tissues. It’s advisable not to engage in any strenuous physical movements for the first few days after treatment until you start to see your desired results.
4. Taking Blood Thinners
Taking blood thinners like aspirin might cause excessive bruising and bleeding in the injection areas. Please avoid these medications for two weeks before and three months after your Botox appointment unless Dr. Dreyfuss advises otherwise.
5. Alcohol Consumption
Since alcohol also thins your blood, you shouldn’t drink following your Botox session. Alcoholic drinks can affect normal blood coagulation and cause excessive swelling, skin sensitivity, bruises, and excessive bleeding.
6. Washing Your Face With Soap
Please do not wash your face for the first six hours after you get Botox injections. Otherwise, you can continue cleansing your face every morning and night. As an alternative to antiseptic soap, we recommend you use a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. This combination will help prevent skin sensitivity due to chemicals found in over-the-counter soaps.
7. Applying Topical Products
Patients who undergo Botox injections should not apply topical products like moisturizers or skin care serums before injections, since these may cause unwelcome reactions. Once you’ve gotten your Botox treatment, it’s a best practice to not use cosmetics for a week to 10 days.
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Dr. David Dreyfuss and his Spa Services team help his patients understand everything they need to know about Botox.
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