The 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do Right After Your Botox Appointment

Cosmetic injections such as Botox are effective anti-aging solutions for skin concerns like wrinkles, crow's-feet and frown lines. Knowing what to expect from your treatment, as well as what not to do before your appointment, is essential to having the best first-time experience (it’s also important to know what happens afterward). While it’s okay to wash your face, make facial expressions and even put on makeup when you leave the doctor’s office, it’s not advisable to do the following three activities:

Lie Down On Your Stomach
If you’re planning for a nap right after your appointment, you may want to hold off. Houston plastic surgeon Henry A. Mentz, MD suggests you don't lie down on your stomach for four hours after your appointment. Besides the post-treatment swelling that can make lounging like this uncomfortable, Botox needs time to settle in and do its job.

Head to the Gym
Speaking of letting this filler settle in, New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD advises skipping your workout sessions for at least 24 hours. Its best to just take it easy, especially with the post-treatment bruising and redness that often occurs after Botox.

Massaging the Injection Site
You may be tempted to touch or rub the injection site (especially when the numbing cream starts to wear off), but both of our medical experts advise against it. While the downtime after getting this injectable is relatively short, it takes longer for Botox to work. Within two to seven days, you’ll start seeing results, but until then, let your skin recover by leaving it alone.

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