Can You Swim a Few Days After Facial Botox Injection?

First time using botox around the eyes and I'm an avid swimmer. It's been about 5 days. Is swimming fine?

Doctor Answers 20

Swimming after Botox

I recommend that our patients avoid lying down or exercising for about 4 hours after injections with Botox. This prevents the Botox from migrating out of the intended area of treatment. After that initial downtime our patients can resume normal activity including swimming.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 112 reviews

Botox and swimming

I usually have patients limit their exercise for the first 4-6 hours after injection. After that, activity is certainly permitted including swimming.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

No restrictions after Botox injections

I tell my patients they are free to do anything they choose without restriction immediately after their injections. Within 20 to 90 minutes after neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are injected, botulinum neurotoxin type A can be detected inside the motor nerve endings. Therefore the muscles and nerve endings take up the Botox, Dysport or Xeomin very quickly before they can spread far from the injection site.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Activities after Botox

I tell my patients that they can resume all their normal activities one day after their Botox treatment. So at 5 days post treatment you are perfectly fine to resume swimming. 

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Swimming and Other Activities After Botox

I tell my patients that it is fine to return to full normal activities the day after Botox injections.

I recommend avoiding certain things like inversion yoga for several hours or the remainder of the day of injection, but after that anything goes!

James Bartels, MD
Manchester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews


I do not place any restrictions on my patients after the first day. You should check with the doctor who treated you for their recommendations.

Michael Hueneke, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Swimming a few days post Botox

Our office usually asks patients not to exercise that day.  If it has been five days, your should be OK.  Best to double check with your injector first...

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Swimming is allowed soon after botox injections

There has never been any evidence that swimming the day after Botox would interfere with the result.  Enjoy your healthy exercise.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Botox and swimming

You can swim 4 hours after having Botox injections.  I would wait a day before wearing goggles for swimming to see if you develop any bruises around your eyes from your treatment.  If you do have bruises, wait until they fade before wearing goggles.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Swimming after Botox

Yes, feel free to swim!  I advise patients to avoid heavy exercise the day of the injection, but return to normal activities the following day.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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