Two of my dermatologists say that steam bath and sauna can damage the effect of botox, while the 3rd derma said that there's no truth to that. Kindly enlighten me. thanks - Hearty
can steam bath and sauna damage the effects of botox?
Doctor Answers (22)
Steam Baths/Sauna will make the injection sites slightly red the day of the injections.
Heat from the steam baths/ sauna will make the injections sites slightly red or inflamed the day of the shots but nothing the following day or later and won't affect the results of the botox or Dysport. If you had the botox shots a few days previous then you have no worries.
Botox and steam baths and saunas
I generally advise patients after their Botox to avoid alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for 24hrs, as well as steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis, for the main reason that I want to minimize the risk of swelling and bruising. The heat will not damage the Botox itself. Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.
Steam bath or sauna after Botox Cosmetic should not affect results
Hi hearty in Philippines,
Sauna or steam baths should not affect results of Botox Cosmetic for facial wrinkles. The most important thing to consider is to avoid rubbing treated areas for the first 24 hours after treatment. Most plastic surgeons, dermatologist, and Botox specialist would recommend, however, to avoid the sauna the first 24 hours after treatment. Best of luck.
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Once Botox has set within a few hours, it is probably OK to take sauna or steam. I would wait at least 24 hours just to be safe.
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Neither steam nor saunas have any effect on the longevity of botox. Once the botox blocks the nerve plate in the muscle it is inactive for about 3 motnhs or longer.
Steam, sauna will not have any effect on your Botox. Frankly, I am always curious how these myths become folklore. I am embarrassed that 2 dermatologists gave you such incorrect advice.
Botox results should not be effected
Andrew C. Campbell, M.D.
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon