can steam bath and sauna damage the effects of botox?

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

Doctor Answers 23

Steam Baths/Sauna will make the injection sites slightly red the day of the injections.

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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.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Saunas after Botox

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Injection points can become more inflamed and swelling/bruising may also worsen if you take a steam bath or enter a sauna right after your treatment. This would delay your recovery. However, the actual Botox does not get "damaged".

Steam and Sauna after Botox

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After the first 24 hours, steam and sauna will not interfer with the effects of Botox. I'm being conservative because I've never heard that heat will affect Botox at any time after injection. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

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Botox results should not be effected

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Botox won't be effected by a hot steam bath or sauna. I think the logic behind it is that Botox is supposed to be refrigerated until used, and therefore if it gets hot, it won't work. Well once Botox is injected, it becomes body temperature or 98.6 degrees, and yet it works just fine. Don't worry about a sauna, steam bath, or hot tub, it won't effect your Botox.
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Hi hearty-

I know of no problems with steam baths or a sauna  causing a problem with the effectiveness of Botox.


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