If you are about to go through a Botox treatment, you may be wondering how to best treat your face afterward. Botox can be a great way to improve the appearance of your skin, but it is important to follow some simple post-treatment guidelines in order to ensure optimal results.
In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for post-Botox care, as well as what to expect after your treatment.
- Don't Put On Makeup
- Avoid Touching Your Face
- Don't Use Other Facial Treatments
- Make A Frown
- Don't Sleep On Your Face
- Avoid Exposure to Sunlight
Don't Put On Makeup
When you get an injection of Botox you want to let the toxins sit in the intended areas so they can start to smooth out the muscle. This means that you should avoid putting any makeup on for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
When people apply makeup they are essentially rubbing the makeup on their skin and this can cause the toxins in Botox to disperse. The results won't be as strong if you are causing the toxins to move out of the area they need to stay in.
If you must put on makeup, be sure to use a clean brush or sponge and gently apply the makeup without using any rubbing motions.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Just like with applying makeup, you don't want to touch your face, especially in the treated areas, right after treatment.
In fact, it's better not to touch your face for at least a few hours after you've received Botox.
The reason for this is because you can cause the toxins to move around under your skin and this will make the results less noticeable. Also, if you are touching your face a lot, there is a chance that you could rub some of the oils and debris that is on your fingers into the vulnerable areas.
Don't Use Other Facial Treatments
If you have any other scheduled facial appointments within the next 24 hours then you'll want to cancel those. You don't want to have too much physical activity on your face right after treatment because it can cause the toxins to move around.
It's best to wait until the Botox has settled in before you proceed with any other treatments.
Here are some of the facial treatments you'll want to avoid after Botox treatment:
- facial massage
- derma filler
- exfoliating scrubs
Make A Frown
When you get a Botox injection the toxins will reside in one area and start to paralyze the muscles which are controlling the wrinkles and lines in your skin.
When you make a frowning face you are causing the toxins to centralize around the treated area.
You only want to utilize this technique for about an hour after treatment when it will be most effective. After the one-hour limit refrain from making any extreme facial movements to let the toxins settle fully.
Don't Sleep On Your Face
You want to avoid sleeping at all up to four hours after you get your treatment to remove any possible complications. In general, you want to avoid sleeping on your face for after receiving Botox.
Sleeping on your face can cause the toxins to move into areas they shouldn't be and this can result in a less than the desired outcome. If you absolutely must sleep on your face, try using a satin pillowcase which will help reduce friction.
Avoid Exposure to Sunlight
The side effects of receiving Botox can be kept to a minimum if you take care of your face correctly. Sunlight is one of those things you want to avoid exposing your face to.
You should stay out of the sun for at least 4 hours after treatment and if possible, longer. The sunlight can cause your skin to become flush and the increased blood pressure leaves you susceptible to more bruising.
The same can be said in any environment that promotes heat like a hot tub, hot shower, sauna, or hot bath. If you keep out of the heat then your face will have a chance to recover and you won't have nearly as much bruising around the treated area.
Can I use retinol after Botox?
You should avoid using retinol for at least 3 days after getting Botox. Retinol can agitate the skin and dilute the toxins in the treated area.
Can I wash my face after Botox?
You should avoid washing your face vigorously for at least 12 hours after receiving Botox. After that, you can gently wash your face with a mild cleanser being careful not to rub or scrub the treated area.
How long does swelling last after Botox?
Swelling will go down after a few hours but can last up to 24 hours in some cases. The swelling is usually more noticeable in people who are receiving Botox for the first time.
Can you ice after Botox?
You can apply ice to the treated areas after receiving Botox but you don't want to press down on the area because it will disperse the toxins.