Introduced to healthcare in the 1970s, and later becoming a popular cosmetic treatment, Botox is a great way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face, neck, or even on your hands.
When it comes to having Botox injected, most people will approach a spa or dermatologist to undertake this treatment. It is so fast that it can even be fitted into a lunchtime slot.
However, once you leave the clinic or spa and head home, what do you need to do to ensure that the effects of your Botox treatment last? While you should always listen to the medical team who has provided you with the treatment, here are some of the best ways to keep your skin looking at its best after a Botox treatment.
Wait 24 Hours to Exercise
When it is injected under the skin, Botox is liquid, and it can be affected by many external factors. One of the core things you need to do in the 24 hours after you have had Botox injected is to relax. You can return to your daily activities, as the treatment does not require downtime, but you need to wait at least 24 hours to exercise or work out. This is because, with an increased heart rate comes increased blood flow, which can cause Botox to spread into different areas. However, teams who are experienced in administering Botox like the team at dermani Medspa will be able to advise you on facial exercises that you can do to help the effects of this treatment appear sooner.
It can be ever so tempting to get home after having this treatment and to put on a full face of makeup. As mentioned before, this can cause Botox to move into other parts of the face and it can even increase the chances of bruising and soreness. So, the best thing you can do is go about the rest of your day without putting any makeup on your face or applying any moisturizing creams.
To prevent bruising and to ensure that the toxin stays where it needs to, many spas or dermatology teams will advise you to sleep with your head slightly elevated. You can do this by using an additional pillow, to prevent the spread of Botox to other areas. If possible, do this for at least 4 days after having these injections.
Alcohol increases the chance of bruising, and so, while you may have had Botox injections ahead of a party, try to avoid alcohol. This is also wise because alcohol dehydrates the skin and can lessen the effect of the injections.
After you have had Botox injections, you will need to avoid direct sun exposure for at least 4 hours. Many dermatology teams recommend that you stay out of direct sunlight for a minimum of 1 to 2 days, and you should also avoid tanning beds, hot showers, and saunas, as these can increase your blood pressure and cause Botox to move as well.