If you’re considering Botox treatments, you may also have concerns about what happens afterward. Fortunately, its aftercare is as relatively straightforward as the treatment itself, and only requires you to avoid a few activities for a short period of time. Overall, Botox aftercare aims to prevent swelling and bruising while allowing the solution to settle well for a relatively painless recovery.
Proper care following a Botox treatment is vital to getting the smoother, more supple looking skin you want. Here’s everything you need to know about protecting your face after an injection:
1. Exercise Treated Muscles
To help settle the Botox into your facial muscles and decrease the risk of it shifting, try exercising the treated areas on your face for the first hour after treatment. Practicing certain facial expressions, raising your eyebrows, and so on might speed along the first few phases of your Botox aftercare.
2. Sleep on Your Back
While sleeping in any position you want is by no means guaranteed to move the Botox or leave you bruised, sleeping on your back after your treatment, at least for the first night, is generally advised. Doing so avoids putting pressure on the treatment sites and minimizes the possibility of the Botox moving into an unwanted area.
3. Try Not to Rub the Treated Area
Rubbing or massaging the treated area too soon after treatment can cause the Botox solution to move into untreated portions of the face and prolong your recovery. For the first 24 hours, try to keep yourself from interfering with the injection site. You should also avoid receiving facial massages.
4. Take Off Headbands and Hats
If you’ve received Botox treatment to your forehead, constricting headwear, such as headbands and tight-brimmed hats, should be avoided for the first few days afterward. Otherwise, this headwear might shift the Botox towards your eyes, potentially leading to droopy eyelids. While this is an extremely rare side effect of Botox, it’s still best to take precautions to prevent it.
5. Avoid Strenuous Activity
Raised blood pressure can encourage bruising and swelling during the first three hours after your treatment. As a result, you should avoid strenuous activity, lying down, and staying in overly hot environments, such as saunas.
6. Alcohol and Other Blood Thinners
Alcohol and blood thinners, similar to overexertion, can cause bruising of the face during the first 24 hours after the injection. Slight pain and headaches can sometimes be side effects in the days after a Botox injection. If this is the case for you, ask your dentist about what over the counter painkillers would be best for temporary alleviation.
Like the treatment itself, Botox aftercare is both simple and straightforward. By following your dentist’s directions, you help to ensure the best possible outcome and should see full effects within two weeks, along with a smoother, healthier-looking complexion. Contact us at My Family Dentistry with any questions you have about Botox and to schedule an appointment. Our calming, spa-like atmosphere at provides the perfect soothing backdrop to your treatments.