What Should You Not Do After Botox?

Beautiful girl recieveing Botox Injection in Nuance Aesthetics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Botox is an injectable substance that is derived from the botulinum molecule, that is capable of relaxing facial muscles and with the right treatment, retain them for up to a specific amount of time. Botox is injected into desired facial muscles, blocking chemical signals from extending the nerves. This results in temporary muscle relaxation, refreshing your appearance without any noticeable differences. 

How does Botox work?

Botox works by temporarily restraining the ability of the muscles in the skin to perform their full range of motion. This implies that the targeted muscles can no longer pull the skin into folds, stretches, and wrinkles. It’s a very little invasive procedure that will not have incisions or general anesthesia. If you’re worried about getting any pain or discomfort later on, then the use of a topical anesthetic or ice pack can be used around the procedure area. During the procedure, 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A is given with the help of a thin needle. For crow’s feet, you may generally require three injections on each side of the eye for evening them. The entire procedure may take only around 10 minutes. These effects last for a few months. The results can be seen in a day or two, but the full effects will take around two weeks to develop if done in a best professional setup like Nuance aesthetics. Enjoy these effects for around four months, after that you’ll see the lines and wrinkles slowly developing.

What things to be taken care of before Botox treatment:

You need to mention to your doctor if you have had any type of Botox injection treatment inside the past four months. It is also important to tell if you are taking any sleeping medications, muscle relaxants, allergy medications. If you are consuming blood thinners, you will have to stop taking them many days before your treatment to negate any issues of bleeding or bruising during the procedure.

Once the decision is made to get a Botox treatment done, it is crucial to take proper care of certain things post-treatment, to get the desirable results. While the process may differ depending on the area and intensity of the treatment or your skin type, but few important things are to be avoided after the botox treatment to make sure that you receive the best possible results without any side effects. They are,

      1. No Touching the area:

The initial thing to keep in mind is not to touch the treated area. Botox, as you know is a substance that numbs certain muscles in the skin to prevent them from sinking. This reduces folds and wrinkles, but it won’t work as expected and gives adverse effects if they are influencing the wrong muscles. The practitioner may take all the necessary steps to ensure that the Botox injections are administered carefully and precisely, but it can easily get things messed up if the treated area is continuously touched. It can cause the injected substance to move to other areas of the skin causing awful effects. So, make sure that you keep the treated area away from your hands or any other material for the recommended period as advised by the practitioner.

    2. Avoid Physical Activity:

It is suggested to refrain from doing any physical activities for at least 24 hours after Botox treatment, but many people wait for even more longer just to be safe. There are chances that while doing a physical activity you may bruise the treated area. You will sweat a lot during the physical activity that may cause the injected substance to be spread to the treated area. Also, if you indulge in a strenuous activity it may cause movement in muscles and skin which may also cause the injected Botox to be shifted to other muscles which are an undesirable outcome.

    3. Don’t Take Painkillers or Drink Alcohol:

Painkillers and Alcohol both have the effect of thinning the blood which should be purely avoided at all cost since it may worsen the bruising that may be shown during your Botox treatment. This may not happen all the time, but it is advised not to take any risks and to refrain from the use of alcohol and painkiller for a few days to get the best post Botox care.

    4. Sleeping in the wrong position:

It is advised to avoid laying down for around four hours after the Botox injection to allow the substance to correctly settle inside the body and to give the exact result for which it was intended. Along with this, for an optimal post Botox care, it is suggested that when you go to sleep in the immediate days after the treatment, sleep on the back to have the top results. The procedure is done with vertical adjustment in mind, so it is better if you retain the same position until the substance settles inside.

    5. Facials:

It is better to plan these facial treatments after some days of receiving the Botox injections. Facials involve chemical peels and other treatment creams that can interfere with Botox injections leading to end up with any side effects or adverse results.

    6. Travel:

If in any event that you may face any unexpected adverse effects, you should be able to reach the doctor or practitioner who performed the treatment on you, to carry remedy actions.  Hence it is important to postpone any travel plans and stay in within the reach of your doctor for just a few days until the effect kick in.

Taking these measures after Botox will help you to get better Botox results.

Final Thoughts: If you are looking for a supreme Botox treatment and optimal post Botox care, the skilled professional team at Nuance Aesthetics would the best place to free all your worries. With extensive experience in carrying Botox treatments, you can be sure that the procedure is performed with skilled precision, giving you a mind-blowing skin that’s beautiful, young and wrinkle-free.


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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