I was not told that this is not advised. This is my third botox treatment and I got a small amount on my frown line and crows feet. What are the chances the wax caused the botox to spread to neighboring muscles?
I Got my Eyebrows Waxed a Couple of Hours After Botox. What Will Happen?
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Waxing eyebrows and botox
you should avoid waxing for the same day after botox but no one is certain as to the number of hours to avoid this, or if it is necessary. You may be fine without any negative side effects.
Botox and waxing after
I think you will be fine, and again, you should know if there is a problem with your upper eyelids within a few days of the procedure. Good luck!
Botox is unlikely to migrate with waxing of the eyebrows. The problems usually happen when too much Botox is injected or is injected into the wrong place.
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Renee, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The old advice to lie down after Botox etc to prevent migration has no validity. Hope this helps.
Eyebrows waxed after Botox Treatment?
Thank you for the question.
Most likely consequence of having your eyebrows waxed after Botox treatment is: nothing.
After care for Botox
By now you know if it was a problem.
It does occasionally happen that the Botox migrates and causes a slight drooping of the eyelids for a short time. This is very uncommon however. Probably it doesn't matter what you do after an hour or so, but we still tell our patients to be careful for the first 24 to 48 hours after Injection.
Botox and risk with waxing
You should not have any problem with your Botox spreading. We advise patients to not lie down for 4 hours so they don't fall asleep and accidently rub the treated areas. Typically, there is no rubbing with eyebrow waxing so you are safe. To prevent worry next time, consider doing your treatments on separate days.
Pressure on the area of Botox injections
There is a small chance that some Botox may spread from the areas of injection if pressure was applied within 3 hours or so after injections.
It's not advisable to lie down, touch or massage the area or engage in exercise for three hours after injections.
However, that said, 90% of Botox is bound to its place of action by 1 hour after injections, so if something does spread, it will be a very small amount.
Probably OK to wax and get Botox the same day
In my opinion the likelihood of having the Botox spread further than you want it to from waxing the same day would be very unlikely. Procedures that cause edema (swelling) in the skin can cause the Botox solution to spread through the skin further than it would spread through non-swollen skin. That's why we advise patients to avoid doing laser resurfacing the same day as Botox. I doubt that waxing would cause enough swelling to be a problem, but just in case you can schedule them on different days next time.
Botox and Waxing
It's not advised to press on your forehead after Botox for about 24 hours. It's not the wax; it's the pressure. Hopefully things will be fine, but next time, don't do this! Wait a minimum of 24 hours after Botox for waxing, or do it beforehand.
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