Many of our patients seek out Botox to lessen the appearance of aging and wrinkling skin. Whether it be worry lines, frown lines, or crow’s feet, Botox treatment has an amazing ability to target and improve the appearance of fine lines and more severe creases. At Virginia Surgical Arts, we strive to help you understand your Botox treatment, as well as provide detailed before and aftercare. One question we are often asked is, “what can and can I not do post Botox?”
You may be tempted to touch or rub the injection site and surrounding areas. Don’t! Although there is no associated downtime, Botox takes approximately four hours to fully settle. During that time, Botox bonds to the targeted muscle. By rubbing or touching the injection, you run the risk of shifting and dispersing the Botox to a different, unintended muscle. Slight bumps, lumps, and redness at the injection site are not uncommon and will go away within the next few days. Also, know that it can take up to 1-3 weeks before you notice the effects of your treatment.
While there is no proven effect of lying down immediately following Botox, most still make a ‘soft’ recommendation that it is best to remain upright for the first four hours. If you do lie down, make sure to lie on your back. As the Botox settles, you will want to avoid anything that could ‘squish’ your face. Correct lounging and sleeping habits post treatment can help ensure optimal results.
Try to take it easy for the first 24 to 48 hours. Side effects of Botox are exacerbated with any aerobic exercise. As your blood pressure rises, so does the chance for swelling, redness, and bruising. On a similar note, avoid extremely warm settings like a hot bath or a sauna.
Botox aftercare comes down to common sense: do not do anything that could possibly cause the Botox to disperse to unintended muscles. That said, you are able to go on with your daily routine. As long as you are gentle and use a light touch, makeup and washing your face are fine. Shower as you normally would, just try to keep the water at a cooler temperature.
You are not alone in your Botox journey. At Virginia Surgical Arts, Dr. Vendetti will work closely with you—making sure that you feel fully comfortable with the preparation, treatment, and aftercare.