Activities to Avoid After a Botox Injection

Botox injections are very common these days, and while they used to be the domain of movie stars, models and TV personalities, everyday people are getting them regularly now. If you want to get rid of those fine lines, crow’s feet and just look younger with smoother, healthier skin, Botox is an ideal solution.

Best of all, you can get a treatment in a very short period of time. In fact, many people get one in the morning before work or on their lunch break. It’s so quick that you can return to work immediately after the injection.

While Botox isn’t a big deal anymore, there are a few activities you should avoid after getting injections, at least for the first couple of days. For the most part though, you’ll be able to go back to your regular routine pretty much right after you leave from your doctor’s office.

Avoid Strenuous Exercise

Whether you go for a vigorous run every single day, or you’ve just gotten treatment and you want to continue on a self-improvement course, skipping the heavy exercise for a couple of days after treatment is ideal. That’s because Botox injected into the body can move, and strenuous exercise may cause bruising.

Instead of a run or playing sports, try taking a leisurely walk instead. You’ll still be able to move around, but wait a couple of days to go back to your serious workout routine. The downtime won’t hurt you anyway.

Facial Massage

You probably don’t get too many facial massages, but it isn’t unheard of for somebody to pamper himself or herself after getting Botox treatment. If you do hit the day spa, skip the facial massage portion of your rubdown to avoid moving the filler that was injected to undesired spots.

Instead, opt for a neck, back or leg massage. You’ll still feel relaxed without the facial portion of a massage.

Ditch the Masks

Even if you love at-home facial treatments, you don’t have to use them every day. One time you definitely want to avoid them is right after you’ve had a Botox injection.

It’s likely that a product you use regularly won’t cause any problems, but since some ingredients do work as antagonists to Botox, you should try to leave your face alone for a while.

Applying makeup is fine, but avoid any unnecessary treatments for 48 to 72 hours.

Don’t Take Blood Thinners

Blood thinners and medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen can increase bruising, which can happen naturally. To prevent bruising, opt for Tylenol if you absolutely need some pain relief.

If you take prescription blood thinners, talk to your doctor to make sure it’s okay for you to stop taking them for a few days after treatment.

Skip Certain Supplements

Supplements including vitamin E, St. John’s wort, fish oil, omega-3 fatty acid supplements, ginseng and ginkgo biloba work to thin the blood in some cases, which can result in bruising as is the case with aspirin and ibuprofen. Avoid these supplements for about 72 hours after your receive treatment.

Once three days have passed, you can begin taking normal supplements again.

Don’t Drink

Alcohol can increase the potential for bruising after treatment, so its best avoided whenever possible. Going without a drink for a couple of nights is really all you have to do.

Turtle Creek Medical Center

Please visit Turtle Creek Medical Center to learn more about Botox injections. We are also happy to discuss what you should or shouldn’t do after getting them. Turtle Creek Medical Center can help you look your best in afternoon or less, so contact us for a consultation today.