9 What Not To Do After Botox

This article is written, to remind you of what not to do after botox procedure. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedure. It is from the brand “Botulinum toxin”. Botulinum toxin is derived from a bacteria called “Clostridium”. It is a competitive binder to a recruiter in the muscles. It is used to remove facile lines. Botox focusses on your muscles. It prevents your nerves from communication with your facials muscles. By this, it prevents wrinkles from appearing on your face.

Botox is found to be the most effective way to treat hyperhidrosis. It is important to note that botox is not a tablet nor a capsule nor a syrup but an injection. Ever since the Botox injection procedure was approved by the FDA for cosmetology reduction of fine lines on the forehead and between the eye, it has remained the most sought after anti-aging procedure.

Botox injections goes directly into the facial muscles and is the best way to relax and smoothen your wrinkles to make you face look young. After the injection has been administered, your Doctor would tell you what you should and should not do for an effective result. But this information may be easy to forget.


  • Forehead
  • Eyebrows
  • Side of the eyes
  • Chin
  • Lip line
  • Jaw line
 What Not To Do After Botox
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The needles used for botox injection treatment are small and can be tolerated. But just like every other injections, it would definitely be a little painful especially for those who is afraid of syringe. Some Doctors give an anesthesia  to their patients before Botox injection is administered to that patient, so as to reduce the pain.


1. Do Not Lie Flat On Your Stomach

After a Botox treatment, avoid lying flat on your stomach for some hours. If you must lie down, lay on your back as lying flat on your stomach can cause more blood to flow to your head causing the botox to be washed out or to flow to a muscle you did not target instead of settling. It helps you to avoid some common side effects and makes the results effective.

2. Do Not Touch Your Face

You would definitely have the urge to touch the injections area but do not touch it. It makes bacteria from your hands enter the injected area. It might also expand the bruised area or shift the Botox to a different untargeted muscle. It might also damage your nerves and stop the expected results. Avoid touching your face for about one week or as your Doctor recommends.

3. Do Not Take Alcohol

Try to do away with alcohol for at least 24hours. This should not only be done after the botox treatment but before the botox treatment. It helps you to avoid the expansion and delay in the healing process of your bruises causing continuous pains in that area.

4. Avoid Using Facial Makeup

The botox treatment has to give you a smooth look so why still use makeup. Makeups are made up of so many formulas and chemicals which can easily flow into your skin holes. This would make bacteria to enter your skin your skin and cause severe irritation or itch.

5. Do Not Exercise

Yes!, avoid any form of exercise for at least 24 hours. This is because exercise increase the rate at which the blood flows and may affect the targeted muscles. It also introduced bacteria to the injections area causing bruises, redness, soreness, discomfort or even swellings.

6. Do Not Bath With Hot Water

 Hot water opens your skin sports and might cause some irritation to the skin. Avoid bathing with hot water for at least 24 to 72 hours.

7. Avoid Exposure To Sun

After a botox treatment, avoid going or staying under the sun. This can cause a sun burn or increase in the blood pressure. Use an umbrella or a sunhat if you wish to go out on a sunny day. Avoid exposing your just treated face to the sun for about 24hours.

8. Avoid Using Another Skin Treatment

Botox treatment is enough to give you what you want, it is necessary to avoid another skin treatment such as facial cleanser, Cream oil, etc. for about 24hours.

9. Avoid Taking Any Medication

After doing a botox treatment, avoid using any type of medicine even supplements except prescribed or approved by your Doctor. It is best to contact or visit your doctor to know when to begin taking the medicine and which medicine to take again.


Having known what you should not do after Botox, you should also know what you should do for effective results.

1. Gently Exercise On Your Face

It is necessary to avoid any bodybuilding exercise but can gently exercise your face muscles naturally (without touching with your hands). By this I mean, try to raise your eyebrows, smiles, frown and other facial expression. This helps you achieve your required results.

2. Resume Your Daily Task

Botox treatment doesn’t stop you from doing your daily tasks. You do not have to spend all day laying on bed, it does not bed rid you. You can actually go to the mall,  to the office, to school, do your chores anything.

3. Pain Killers

Some people may have slight pain after botox treatment. This pains are meant to go in few days but if they don’t, some over the counter medicines like Tylenol, paracetamol, vitamin K can be taken. Before you take these medicines, its necessary to ask your doctor to avoid complications. You can also apply a cold compression to the injections area, it would help reduce the flow of blood as well as reduce bruises from opening again.


This varies from patient to patients. However, on a general note, treatment on the face lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes, results can be achieved within your to five days and Botox lasts for three to six months with little or no discomfort at all.


The side effects of Botox are very rare if you follow precautions after taking it. These side effects are expected to go in the space of two weeks. If it does not, it is important to visit your Doctor again. Notwithstanding, some of he most common side effects includes;

  • Pains on the injected area
  • Bruises on the injected area
  • Headaches


Botox is an injectable anti-aging cosmetology procedure. Most people use it when they notice some wrinkles while others use it before they even have any time lines to prevent it from ever developing.

Which ever reason you are using it or want to use it for, it is necessary to follow the above precautions on what not to do after Botox treatment for quite and better results.

If side effects person, it is important to contact or visit your Doctor for proper observation and treatment. Also, to avoid complications.

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