What Are the Post Treatment Instructions After Botox?

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Post treatment for Botox

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Great Question. I always suggest to my patients that they do not lay down for 4 hours following the treatment, and to avoid exercising for the rest of the day. I also encourage my patients to avoid any type of aspirin products for up to one week PRIOR to the procedure and for a couple day after as well ( this helps to decreasing any excess bleeding). The timeline of how long it takes for Botox takes full effect also varies on the individual, but most of the time you can get full results within 7 days. 


Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Back to (Almost) Normal Activities

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A big part of the appeal of BOTOX is the fact that it doesn't require any downtime or major activity restrictions. With only a few limitations, BOTOX patients can get back to their usual activities immediately after their appointments, which typically last less than an hour. These limitations are quite mild and include avoiding bending over or manipulating the treatment area for the remainder of the day in order to allow the product to settle evenly. You may also wish to skip your daily workout for the same reason, and avoid consuming any blood-thinning products, such as aspirin or alcohol, for a couple of days before and after the procedure. Thanks for your question, and good luck with your treatment!

Susan M. Stuart, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

After Botox

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One of the beauties of Botox is there are few restrictions after treatment. I advise my patients not to lie down until two hours after receiving Botox, and not to immediately massage the area where Botox was injected. It is truly a no down-time procedure.

Melda A. Isaac, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
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Post Treatment Advise after Botox

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Botox is meant to temporarily block the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles; reducing the activity in these muscles thus decreasing the appearance of lines/wrinkles. Cleansing your face on the day of treatment will in no way affect the outcome of your treatment . We recommend avoiding any direct pressure to the brow such as visors, massage tables and cleansing brushes for 1 week.

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Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Pretty easy

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Botox is a very easy procedure to recover from.  I tell my patients not to rub their face or lay down for the next 2-3 hours.  I think ice is ok intermittently for the rest of the day as long as no rubbing.  I also advise no blood thinners for 24 hours.  

Another thing that often is not mentioned is head apparel.  Women should not wear a head band or anything else that might put pressure across the brow.  Men should also not wear a hat as it can be compressing.  Compression could cause migration of the botox downwards into the eyelids and lead to droopy eyelids.  

Hope this helps!

Rules and Instructions after Botox (or Dysport) Treatment

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The Rules after Botox:
  1. No massaging or manipulating the area directly and no facials or lying face down on a massage table for at least one week.
  2. No lying down flat for four hours.
  3. No exercise at all the same day after treatment.
  4. No aggressive exercise for 24 hours.
  5. Ideally no flying on a plane within 24 hours.
  6. Call immediately if you are worried about anything. Don't hesitate.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Post Op Botox

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Awesome question!  Botox requires little to no down time. You should avoid touching the injection sites. You do not want to manipulate the area.  The injection sites, if red or raised will go back to normal after 10-20 minutes.  You can ice if you wish and apply arnica gel to help with irritation or redness.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Rules After Injections

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There are a few key rules to remember after having Botox injections. The first and most important rule it to be upright for at least 4 hours after your injections. 

-upright for 4 hours after injections

-no exercise for 24 hours after Botox

-no massage of the treated area for 24 hours

-no pressure on the treated area for 24 hours

-ice to prevent any swelling or bruising

If anything seems worrisome please reach out to your board certified dermatologist and always consult an experienced Botox injector.


Instructions after botox injection.

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Hi there great question!

Here is a summary of botox aftercare that you should find useful! 

1. Don't rub / touch the area and avoid makeup the day of injection

2. Move muscles of the face (i.e. muscle exercises straight after) - improves results!

3. Don't lay down for 4 hours after treatment

4. No excess exercise / sauna or steam room environment for 48 hours 

5. Avoid any medications that may induce bleeding such as aspirin

6. Use arnica / ice for any bruising or blemishes

Hope this clear checklist helps!

Best wishes. 

Dr Rupert

Pre and Post Neuromodulator Treatment Instructions

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Before neuromodulator therapy of any type, avoidance of medications and herbal supplements that increase the risk of bleeding is advised to prevent injection site bruising. Avoid these frequently used products/supplements for one week before therapy, if possible: Any aspirin containing over-the-counter product, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and naproxen, rantidine (Zantac), as well as herbal supplements like ginko biloba, garlic, ginseng, fish oil, dong quai, feverfew, and tumeric, as well as high potency vitamin E. I advise patients to avoid taking anything they don't absolutely need to treat a medical condition if bruising is a concern.

Patients should not rub the injection site areas for several hours after the procedure and should avoid laying down or otherwise positioning themselves where the product could potentially diffuse into an unwanted area (low risk but possible). Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for the day following injections to decrease the risk of bruising (due to elevated blood pressure).

Patients are free to return to normal activities 12 hours following injection or the following morning.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.