Botox aftercare and 7 things you should know


Botox aftercare and 7 things you should know

Medically Reviewed by Mohsen Talani, MD on November 27, 2023 | Written by CBAM Author


There is a frequent question among the clients of aesthetic medicine clinics that is “what to do after Botox?” They want to receive important information and care tips after Botox injection. Care after Botox injection is important to increase efficiency and achieve the best result. In this article, we will explain the principles of care after Botox injection. Teach your patients these tips to get the best results from Botox injections. The goal of Botox aftercare is to promote the best possible treatment results. It can also reduce the likelihood of bruising and spreading to other areas.

Botox aftercare instructions

Patient education is an important part of your job as an aesthetic medicine expert. Your patients will ask you the following questions, after reading the article you will be able to answer their questions and concerns after Botox injections.

Returning to normal activities after Botox injection

One of the reasons that makes the neurotoxins popular is their easiness. Botox injections don’t require any recovery time. Therefore, it’s not necessary to take off work or school. It is possible resume usual activities right after treatment. Tell your patients that they can continue their normal daily life very soon.

Wait at least 24 hours before exercising

It is crucial to wait at least a day before exercising. It might be better to wait a few days. Physical activity causes an increase in blood flow. This has the potential to spread the toxin to unintended locations while decreasing its effectiveness at the injection site. It also increases the possibility of bruising. Exercise also causes your muscles to contract, which may reduce the toxin’s effectiveness.

Going makeup-free after Botox injection

One of the most important cares after facial Botox is to avoid makeup. For makeup, the hand comes in contact with the skin of the face and the skin is rubbed, which will lead to the spread of Botox compounds, reducing the effectiveness of Botox and bruising the skin. It is best to tell your patients that 24 hours after Botox, they can safely wear makeup.

How to sleep after Botox injection?

One of the most important questions that arise after forehead Botox injection is how to sleep after Botox injection. Because some people feel dizzy and headache after Botox injection, especially in the forehead area. It is recommended that the patient does not sleep for 6 to 8 hours after the injection. If necessary, tell your patients to relax in a chair and close their eyes.

Lying down and sleeping after Botox injection causes the injected substance to shift and move. Therefore, when sleeping, the patient should keep his head higher than his body and place a bigger pillow under his head. Also, do not sleep on their stomach or side.

Discuss about frequently used medications

Some medications might increase the risk of bruising. Ask your patients about the medications they use and be sure to talk about when it’s safe to start taking them again.


How to avoid bruising and swelling after Botox injection?

These two complications are completely normal because when the needle enters the skin, the tissues are manipulated and the body’s reaction to treat this manipulation will be seen in the form of swelling and inflammation. A bruise occurs when a damaged blood vessel under your skin bleeds around. To minimize this complication, you must be well familiar with the anatomy of the face and the area you are treating.

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The effect of drinking alcohol and smoking on Botox

It is better to stop smoking and drinking alcohol two weeks before Botox. Research has shown that the presence of smoking compounds or alcoholic beverages in people’s blood reduces the effectiveness of Botox.

Another tip for Botox aftercare is to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after the injection. This is because alcohol can thin the blood like an aspirin. Therefore, avoiding its use can prevent bruising.

Can I touch my Botox?

This is one of the questions that almost all patients will ask you. The most important point regarding care recommendations after Botox injection is not to touch the injection site. Therefore, tell your patients that they should refrain from touching the injection site and massaging it for at least 24 hours, because this will cause the injected substance to transfer to other areas of the skin.


FAQ about Botox aftercare

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable cosmetic drug that temporarily paralyzes the skin muscles. This substance is actually a poison or neurotoxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which causes poisoning and botulism in high concentrations. But if this poison is injected into the skin in a small concentration, it will reduce or temporarily eliminate all fine and coarse wrinkles caused by aging or other cases.

How many types of Botox are there?

There are different brands of botulinum toxin around the world, the most famous of which is Botox. This brand is made by Allergan and since this product was first released on the market, all botulinum toxins are now known as Botox. Each type of neurotoxin has its own advantages, but in terms of efficiency, all types of neurotoxins are the same. You should choose the best neurotoxin according to each patient and the area that you are treating.

Advantages and disadvantages of Botox

Botox injection has many benefits and this has caused this method to be used in different parts of the world for therapeutic and beauty applications. Some of the most important benefits of Botox are:

  • Botox is a non-invasive procedure and does not involve the risks of procedures such as skin tightening.
  • For Botox injections, there is no need to use anesthetics and admit the patient to a hospital or beauty clinic.
  • Botox injection pain is much less compared to other beauty procedures.
  • The price of Botox is very low compared to skin cosmetic surgery methods.
  • Unlike surgery, Botox injection has a very short recovery period.
  • The necessary care after the Botox procedure is very simple.
  • The results and effects of Botox can be seen immediately after injection, and its results last for a relatively long time.

Botox injection, like most cosmetic procedures, may have various side effects. These possible complications do not occur in all people, but there is a possibility of their appearance in a low percentage of people.

In general, the following complications may occur in a very small percentage of people after Botox injection:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Weakening of muscles

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