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What Not To Do After Getting Botox: 7 Activities to Avoid

Ever since the invention of Botox, the “fountain of youth” is no longer a myth. 

Turning back the hands of time on your skin is now more possible than ever before. Once upon a time, people who wanted to defy the adverse signs of aging had to resort to surgery. Now, all you need is a series of non-invasive Botox injections to minimize those wrinkles and restore your youthful glow.

If you’re planning to have your very first Botox session (congrats!), you might be interested in knowing what not to do after Botox. While it may be a simple and virtually pain-free procedure, there are a number of after-care steps necessary to ensure smooth sailing. 

We’re here for you, Botox newbie! This is your ultimate guide on what not to do after getting botox. Let’s explore the seven biggest don’ts of post-Botox treatment! 

Botox Aftercare: What Not to Do After Botox

   1. Do Not Rub Your Face

If you received Botox injections on your face, it is imperative that you refrain from rubbing your face or touching it too frequently. 

The injection site typically heals very quickly, but if you rub the treatment site, you run the risk of developing irritation, extended redness, or bruising. On top of that, the pressure you apply may cause the chemical to migrate to other areas on your face. 

  2.  Do Not Lie Down On Your Face

It might be tempting to take a nap after your Botox session, but that might not be a very good idea. Experts recommend that you avoid lying down for at least four hours after your Botox injection. Similar to rubbing the treatment site, lying down immediately afterwards could trigger the migration of the chemical. 

Remember, when you do lie down, refrain from putting any pressure on your face. Lying down on your back is your safest bet.  

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   3. Do Not Engage in Strenuous Exercise

Next on our list of what not to do after getting Botox, we have strenuous exercise. 

If you usually stick to a strict workout routine, you’re going to have to take a short break to keep your Botox intact. Strenuous exercises tend to strain the facial muscles, so this can pose a roadblock for Botox to settle into your nerves and muscles correctly. 

Take a step back from your workout for at least 24 hours to let the magic settle in. If you must have some exercise, stick with a brisk walk!

   4. Do Not Take Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, such as aspirin, potentially increase your risk for bleeding or bruising, so it would be best to refrain from taking these for the first 24 hours post-treatment. In the event that you must take blood thinners for a medical condition, make sure that you consult your doctor before going through with your Botox injections and disclose that information to your team of injection specialists

  5. Do Not Consume Alcohol

Just like aspirin, alcohol can thin your blood, which also increases your risk for bruising and bleeding after you receive Botox injections.     

We know, we know—you probably want to clink glasses of red with your friends to celebrate your glow up, but you can wait 24 hours, right? Once you hit that 24-hour milestone, you can happily pour out the bubbly and propose a toast to your newly restored beauty! 

  6. Don’t Wash Your Face or Apply Skincare Products

Washing your face and applying moisturizer on a daily basis is essential for keeping your skin health in optimal condition. However, if you’ve come fresh off your Botox session, you should definitely hold off on washing your face or applying any type of skincare products for at least six hours after treatment.

The six-hour window allows the medicine to settle in, so you don’t want to disrupt its harmony within that time.

  7. Avoid Broad Daylight For Prolonged Periods of Time

Your body needs vitamin C and D in order to function properly. To optimize those vitamin levels, you have to step out into the sunlight every day. 

On the flip side of this equation, extended sunlight exposure could be harmful to you if you’ve just had Botox. Heat and sunlight can inflame your skin by causing swelling and redness.  

Steer clear from too much sunlight, tanning beds, heat lamps, and other sources of bright light and heat for at least 24 hours post-injection. 

If you do step out during daytime within the 24-hour window, protect yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

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Now that you’re a pro on what not to do after Botox, it’s time to book your consultation at Harmony Med Spa via our secure online portal

As a modern, upscale clinic, you can treat yourself to advanced non-surgical cosmetic procedures in a relaxing spa-like environment using only FDA-approved equipment. 

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