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What Not to Do After Botox

Botox® Cosmetic injections are a common procedure that offers a quick recovery and few post-procedure restrictions. However, there are several things to avoid after getting your treatment.

These important tips will help you better understand what not to do after Botox.

Working Out or Exercising

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Cardio and weights are a great way to get in shape and stay healthy, but doing either of these activities immediately after getting Botox injections is not recommended.

Your Botox will be injected into your facial muscles, so until it settles into the muscle tissue, it has a greater chance of migrating to unwanted areas.

Exercise can raise your blood pressure and induce sweating, which can make the Botox migrate.

  • Sudden increases in blood pressure can force the neurotoxin out of the local muscle that it was injected into.
  • Sweating can prompt you to wipe away the sweat, which can push the Botox out of its intended area.

For best results after Botox injections, hold off on working out or exercising for 24 hours. When you come in for your treatment, I’ll go over everything with you to make sure that you know exactly what is OK and what should be avoided.

Bending Over or Lowering the Head

Lying down or bending over can increase blood pressure in the facial area, pushing the Botox into other surrounding facial muscles (where you don’t want it to go). This can include droopy eyelids or unintentional paralysis of nearby facial muscles.

For your safety and best results, I recommend not bending over for 24 hours after your injections. Lying down is a no-no for about 4 hours post-injection. Many of my patients use a pillow wedge or add additional pillows under their back on the first night after getting their treatment.

Certain sleeping positions can cause the pillow to press the Botox out of treated facial muscles, thus producing temporary muscle paralysis in areas where it was not injected. For best results, avoid sleeping on your side or sleeping on your tummy for 24 hours after injections.

Avoid the Sun, Heat, and Sauna

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A hot shower is perfectly safe, but raising your body temperature to the point of perspiration is not recommended immediately after your Botox treatment. If you must be outside in the summer heat after your Botox, drink ice water to help lower your core body temperature and stay in the shade. This can help you not sweat as much.

If you get hot enough to sweat in the first 24 hours after your injections, be careful not to press or rub your face where you were injected. Again, this can cause the Botox to migrate to unwanted areas. Use a soft paper towel or napkin to gently absorb the sweat without making firm contact with the skin.

Tip: Try to schedule your Botox for a time that you can be in an air-conditioned space (such as your home or office) for several hours afterwards.

Botox Injections in San Diego – Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine

My name is Dr. Aeria Chang, and since 2008 I’ve been providing Botox injections in San Diego. Our Mission Valley office has all of the latest technological advancements in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures to help you get stunning results with little-to-no downtime or pain and no surgery.

Call my office today for a consultation to find out which treatments and procedures can help you reach your aesthetic goals. I’ll create a customized beauty plan made just for you. I can be reached at (619) 280-1609.

Cheers to Your Beauty & Well-Being,


Dr. Aeria Chang



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Patient Stories Dr. Chang has an eye for symmetry and aesthetics. I went in for a consultation to have fillers under my eyes. Instead I was educated on my facial anatomy. I agreed to some fillers in my forehead and cheeks instead and could not be more pleased with the outcome.
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