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How Long Do You Sit Still After Botox?

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You don't have to sit still after botox injections anymore

Botox techniques and amounts injected have changed over the years so now we have found that it doesn't make any difference what you do after getting your Botox shots.   

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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After Botox care

You don't have to sit still after receiving Botox injections. I do recommend not laying down for at least four hours and no exercise the day of, other than that you are able to go about your day normally.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Botox after care

You don't have sit still after Botox.  I just would not go and exercise or drink alcohol as this may increase your risk of bruising and swelling.  In addition, I would not recommend any manipulation of the injection region asides from putting cold compresses to reduce the chance of bruising.

Lunch break treatment

You do not really have to sit still after Botox injections.  In fact most people come in on their lunch break and go right back to work.

After Botox don't sit perfectly still, but do take it easy. No rubbing, no exercise.

There is no need to sit perfectly still after Botox or Dysport, just as there is no need to keep your face frozen and avoid making expressions while it kicks in. Most rules about caution with Botox are meant to err on the side of safety, and few have been scientifically proven to make a difference, but we are still careful because if there is an unexpected outcome, we don't want to wonder if something was done to cause it. My rules after Botox are to avoid massaging or rubbing the area (no facials or full body massages with your face in a massage table ring), avoid lying down or doing handstands for 4 hours, and avoid exercise for the rest of the day, and very strenuous exercise for 24 hours.

I recommend allowing normal facial expressions (this may help the uptake of the Botox), normal strolling for regular life purposes, and looking forward to your results in 10 days to two weeks.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Activity After Botox Treatment

There is no need to sit still after your treatment, however it is important that you avoid strenuous physical activity for the rest of the day. 

How Long Do You Sit Still After Botox?

You dont have to sit still.
But it is advisable to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours and avoid physically massaging the area where you had the Botox injection

How long do you sit still after Botox?

 You do not have to sit still for any period of time after a Botox injection. It is important not to rub your forehead too aggressively and thereby massaging the Botox into the eyelid muscles. It's also important not to lay down for at least 4 hours after the injection.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after Botox injections

Botox can migrate. Our office recommends Bruisestick ointment after Botox to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling after Botox. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How long to sit after botox?

I used to recommend not to lay flat for 4 hours, but studies now show this does not matter.   I do ask patients to refrain from heavy lifting or strenous exercise for 6-12 hours, as I feel this will minimize their risk or bruising at the injection site.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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