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?
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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.
Saunas after Botox
Steam and Sauna after Botox
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.
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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
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