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Botox/Filler Aftercare: Do’s and Don’ts after Botox Treatment

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | September 12th, 2019 | Blog

Botox or Dysport treatments have been used for years as a safe and effective way to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is one of the most sought-after methods to combat the signs of aging and prevent future signs from forming. The most common areas for Botox treatments include the neck, mouth, and eyes. Some people also use this procedure to accentuate their cheekbones or their lips. Although Botox is a common and safe procedure, there are certain precautions that you should consider after getting injections. If you want the best results, you need to keep up with these Botox aftercare tips. Here are some important tips for what to do and what not to do after Botox. 

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What Not to Do after Getting Botox or Dysport


Don’t Sleep on the Treatment Area

Many patients ask if they can sleep on their side after Botox. The answer is no. You should try to avoid sleeping on the treated area, as it can hinder the Botox from doing its job in targeted area. Although it may be difficult to sleep in a specific position, it is the best option that you try to sleep on your back. If you lie on your stomach, you will put pressure on your face and risk ruining the treatment. In fact, you should sit up for at least four to five hours after treatment and not lay down. 

Don’t Exercise Too Hard

One of the benefits of Botox is that it does not need to interfere with your daily life. Exercise after Botox is permissible; however, it is recommended that you take some time to rest first. Soreness and aching are likely to happen after the procedure, but with rest and patience, it will subside within a few days. Light walking and stretching is fine, but you should avoid strenuous activity such as weightlifting and high intensity cardio until more healing has happened. 

Don’t Rub Your Face for 24 Hours

So, what can you do after getting Botox in your forehead or in your face? Is there a way to help your body heal faster? The key is to let your face heal on its own, and not to pick at, rub, or apply pressure on your face for at least 24 hours. If you do touch your face, you risk moving the dosage into an unintended area. Although Botox and Dysport are not fillers, they are a toxin (the exact same toxin, actually), which means that they can affect your nerves and tissues. If you touch or rub the area after the procedure, it can lead to undesirable results such as drooping eyelids or even nerve damage. Also, you should not wear makeup after Botox for at least 48 hours until your body has adjusted to the treatment.

Don’t Take Painkillers or Medications without Your Doctor’s Approval

Pain after Botox treatments is rare, but some people are more sensitive than others. If there is any pain and discomfort, it should disappear within a few days. It is important to remember that if you need painkillers or any kind of medication, you should consult with your doctor before taking anything. Your doctor may choose to prescribe a numbing cream instead. An ice pack applied to the area can also help reduce the bruising, but you should consider the 24-hour period before doing so. Also, you should not go to the dentist after Botox and postpone your appointment, especially if the hygienist or dentist needs to use pain medication.

Don’t Expose Yourself to Heat or Sunlight

Botox treatments can cause mild redness and swelling, so you should avoid excessive heat exposure for a few days afterwards. You should not do any strenuous activity and avoid sunbathing or heat lamp procedures. If you need to go outside, wear a hat and try to stay in the shade. When can you take a hot shower after Botox? You should avoid all heat for at least a few days after treatment.

Don’t Drink Alcohol for Three to Four Days

Just as you should avoid pain killers and blood-thinning medication before and after Botox, you should also avoid large quantities of alcohol. Consuming alcohol after Botox can lead to negative reactions such as bruising. You should avoid alcohol for three to four days before and after your procedure. 

Do’s after Botox or Dysport


Do Facial Exercises

About one day after your Botox treatment, it is a good time to begin gently exercising the muscles in the area. All you need to do after getting Botox on your face is to practice natural facial expressions. Practice smiling, frowning, grinning, squinting, and acting surprised. Other than these minor exercises, the Botox treatment is designed to do its job on its own and there is nothing else that you need to do for the treatment to work. So, be patient because Botox may take up to two weeks to show results.

Choose the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic for the Best Botox Treatment in Toronto

If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to remove fine lines and wrinkles and maintain that youthful plumpness in your face, visit the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic for safe and effective service. Our professionals use the latest clinical methods to give clients the anti-aging skin and body care that they are seeking, and we specialize in a variety of invasive and non-invasive procedures. We support our clients in being able to make the right, informed decisions about their bodies and we strive to provide the best practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at (416) 546-4664 or by e-mail at to ask any questions about our Botox procedure. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.

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