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Can You Exercise After Botox or Will It Decrease the Results?

Can You Exercise After Botox  or Will It Decrease the Results

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Exercising and Botox

During the consultation with your injector, which should be a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon or someone working with them, we like to tell patients that following injections with Botox that you should avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours and that you should not lie down for several hours after injection. We also do not want patients massaging the areas that were injected — all because we don't want the medicine to spread beyond where we inject it.

The reality here is that when the clinical trials were done many years ago, these were the instructions that were given, some because of common sense, and some because of theoretical concerns. And when these medicines were FDA cleared, their labels had these in them so we all just continued telling our patients this is what we need to do. Most of us feel that it is okay to do light exercise or go about your day without much concerns following injections with Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin. There is no clinical studies that have been done to determine that anything mentioned will hinder the treatment process.

So be smart, take it easy after your injections, and enjoy the results.

Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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The Effects of Exercise on Botox and Results

Some patients may be advised by their physicians to avoid strenuous activity right after their procedure. However this period is usually no longer than a day. It is best for individuals to follow the advice and directions of their doctor regarding this time frame.

Aside from this, exercise should have no effect on the performance of Botox.

Botox basically blocks sites on the nerve fibers where acetylcholine is released. This chemical communicates with muscles causing them to contract. The injection essentially targets nerve fibers. So exercise should not effect the performance of Botox.  


Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Exercise after Botox treatments

As other panel members suggested, we recommend that our post-Botox patients avoid exercise and lying flat for four hours following their treatment.  We believe this is not an unreasonable recommendation if it may benefit your outcome and protect your financial investment.  The manufacturer has made this a recommendation as well and whether or not there are "studies" to confirm this does not detract from the possible benefits of adhering to this.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dangers of Exercise After Botox

Botox paralyzes the small segment of the muscle into which it is placed. The physician who fully understands the facial anatomy can thereby selectively pick which exact muscle segments he wants to weaken thereby creating a more restful and youthful look. What we try to avoid at all costs of the migration of Botox from the areas we placed them to other areas, most notably the muscle lifting the upper lid. If this were to happen yopu will get a long lasting very tired, droopy upper lid look.  Although the muscle blockade DOES begin shortly after the injection, rubbing and pressure on the injected areas can dislodge the Botox. As a result, many Plastic surgeon warn their patients against rubbing, bending over and exertion for the same reason your mother told you not to play with matches or go swimming after eating; simple understandable instruction that limit potential complications.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Can You Exercise After Botox or Will It Decrease the Results?

Most injectors recommend at least a 4 hours no exercise time period after injections. I prefer overnight but that is just me. 

Exercise after botox

I usually have patients avoid the gym for the day( or at least 4-6 hrs) after injection, and then they can resume all acitivities the next day.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Botox injections and exercise.... relax for a few days!

The side effects of botox injections, usually lasting anywhere between 24 and 48 hours, can definitely exacerbate with any aerobic exercise usually causing the patient to sweat. Try to keep yourself relaxed and don't push yourself too hard, patients usually complain of increasing headaches when they exercise right after botox injections.

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Exercise and Botox

You can exercise Botox and there is no research indicating that it would reduce the effectiveness of the Botox. However, just wait a couple of days after your treatment as exercising right after can promote swelling and bruising.

Exercise after Botox

Exercising after Botox is possible as long as you do not overly exert. You should discuss your planned workout with your injector.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Botox & Exercise - Dos & Donts

It's not unusual for patients with transverse forehead wrinkles, vertical frown lines , and crow’s feet to undergo treatment with botox. Unfortunately, botox can occasionally migrate to the surrounding structures. This can occur for a variety of reasons including alterations in the hemodynamic status of the patient.

Strenuous exercise increases cardiac output and systemic blood flow. In theory, this has the potential to increase blood flow to the injection site and remove botox from this location. This ultimately diminishes the response to botox and increases the potential for migration of botox and secondary complications.

Although no scientific studies are currently available to address this issue, conventional wisdom suggests that strenuous activity should not be undertaken for at least 24 hours following botox treatment.

If you have questions regarding this issue, you should consult your physician. Although the post injection management of botox varies from provider to provider, you should definitely understand your provider’s post injection protocol.


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