What not to do after getting Botox injections
Botox is a neurotoxin that is injected into the muscle to temporarily reduce the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles (those caused by smiling, frowning, and squinting). Botox typically lasts for about 4 months until it is fully metabolized by the body. While Botox has a safe and effective track record, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid after receiving it.
1. Don’t participate in intense cardio
Cardio exercises are great for boosting your endorphins and burning fat, but not so great for optimizing your Botox results. This is because cardio temporarily raises your blood pressure, which can increase your risk of bruising and/or swelling at your injection site. We recommend waiting a full day after your neurotoxin injections to perform any exercise that increases your heart rate for a prolonged period of time.
2. Don’t apply makeup or use facial tools
Wait at least 30 minutes after your Botox injections to apply makeup. Neurotoxin injections leave tiny prick marks in your skin where they are injected, and these openings can be gateways for bacteria present in your makeup if you apply them right after your treatment. However, after just 30 minutes, these tiny puncture sites will begin to heal themselves, and you can return to your normal makeup routine.
3. Don’t lie down
Avoid lying down for the first four hours after getting Botox. This will help prevent the accidental migration of the neurotoxin and avoid bruising. For the same reasons, you should also avoid sleeping on the side of your face you’ve had Botox performed for the first night following your treatment. This will also allow the Botox to settle into your muscles properly.
4. Don’t drink alcohol
Prone to bruising? It’s best if you can avoid alcohol for a full day before and after your Botox treatment since alcohol is a blood thinner and can increase your risk of bruising. Botox can also make some people feel mildly dizzy or drowsy for a few hours post-treatment; if you feel this way after your injections, alcohol could worsen symptoms.
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