What to Know About Botox Aftercare

Dec 01, 2022

Botox is a safe and effective treatment for cosmetic issues such as wrinkles and medical conditions like migraines.

Botox is a safe and effective treatment for cosmetic issues such as wrinkles and medical conditions like migraines. However, if not used properly, Botox can be a danger to one’s health. This is because it contains a toxin that works by blocking nerve functions. Therefore, our medical spa in Glendale advises clients to learn more about Botox treatment before undergoing it. Some of these are the most frequently asked questions. For example, how long will the injection take? Should I expect any side effects? And what are Botox aftercare tips? To know more about Botox treatment, contact us at Dr. Marta Recasens’ MediSpa.

Aftercare Tips You Should Know About Botox

Results don’t immediately show after Botox treatment. It will take three days before the benefits start showing, and the full effects will take two to three weeks. Additionally, one must take precautions after undergoing Botox treatment if looking for the best results. The following are Botox aftercare instructions.

Do Facial Exercises

Immediately after receiving the treatment, exercise your facial muscles by smiling, squinting, frowning, and raising your eyebrows for seconds. Repeat the exercises severally for the first 24 hours to help the Botox solution infiltrate the muscles. However, remember that you don’t have to exercise your face to get Botox results. According to experts at our Med Spa near you, facial muscle exercises will only expedite the process by one day.

Don’t Rub Your Face

When getting Botox, there are those specific areas we want to be targeted. During your Botox aftercare routine, keep off pressure from your face for the next 24 hours because you could move the Botox solution to unwanted areas. In addition, touching or rubbing the injected area could cause nerve damage or droopy eyelids. This also includes expert massages; schedule your massage days later.

Avoid Physical Exercises

Skip the gym or your routine morning runs for a few days after the injections. Strenuous or physical activities will increase your blood flow and heart rate. However, one may also increase the risk of swelling or bruising themselves while engaging in physical activities. Heavy exercises may also spread the Botox solution to other areas and decrease its effectiveness in the targeted areas.

Use Ice Packs

One may experience discomfort and swell around the injection site. To minimize swelling and relieve discomfort, gently apply an ice pack or a cold compress. These side effects usually diminish within 48 hours after treatment. Our cosmetic surgeon advises against taking NSAIDs or applying heat to the swollen injection could worsen the discomfort or migration.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Sun exposure after a Botox injection will increase blood pressure and enhance bruising. Avoid direct sunlight for two days to reduce the risk of getting a Botox migration. Additionally, stay out of hot tubs, saunas, tanning beds, and hot baths.

Keep Your Face Makeup Free

Have a makeup break for at least 24 hours after getting the treatment. Applying blush, eyeshadow, or face powder could stimulate your skin to disperse Botox to other areas.

Avoid Alcohol Before and After the Treatment

When you schedule your Botox treatment, our skincare experts in Glendale will ask you to avoid treatment 48 hours before the procedure. In addition, it is also recommended that you stay off it for 24 hours after the procedure. Alcohol is an anti-inflammatory that will thin out your blood and cause bruising to the injected part. While bruising is a common side effect, the key is to reduce it and not make it worsen.


During the first two nights after your Botox injection, sleep on your back to prevent pressure on the injected area. If you can’t avoid sleeping on your side or stomach, place a pillow around your body to prevent your body from rolling over. Additionally, sleep on clean bedding to keep away dirt and bacteria from the injected area and prevent skin swelling or irritation.

Follow up with Your Doctor

After the procedure, check in with your doctor at Sculpsure in Glendale in case of any additional guidelines you have to follow. For instance, if you are on medications, you should ask your doctor if they may affect your Botox aftercare.


Botox treatment is done at the doctor’s office. However, one can go home immediately after the procedure and follow the recommended Botox aftercare guidelines. Talk to your doctor if unsure what to do after the procedure. They will give specific guidelines to follow based on your lifestyle.

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