Can I Exercise After BOTOX® Injections?
BOTOX injections are a popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily and safely paralyzing the facial muscles.
At Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics in Orlando, FL, our team knows that many patients who get BOTOX injections are keen to resume their regular exercise routines as soon as possible.
Keep reading to learn more about the recommendations and guidelines for exercising after BOTOX injections and how adhering to these suggestions can help minimize side effects and ensure optimal results.
What do I need to know about BOTOX injections?
BOTOX is known as a wrinkle relaxer. It is a purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that blocks the nerve signals responsible for muscle contractions. When injected into specific facial muscles, BOTOX temporarily weakens these muscles' ability to contract, which results in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
The effects of BOTOX injections usually last around four months, after which the facial muscles gradually regain their function, and lines may reappear. However, you may not get optimal results if you don't follow aftercare instructions.
What should I know about exercising after BOTOX?
Following BOTOX injections, it is essential to adhere to our team's post-treatment recommendations to minimize the risk of side effects and ensure the best possible results.
In most cases, it's wise to wait 24 hours before resuming any exercise or strenuous physical activity. This waiting period helps reduce the risk of the injected BOTOX migrating to unintended areas.
Patients should also avoid other activities that increase blood flow to the face in the first 24 hours following BOTOX injections. This includes bending over, lying down flat, or engaging in inverted yoga poses. Increased blood flow to the face can potentially cause the BOTOX to spread beyond the targeted muscles.
After 24 hours, you can resume your exercise routine gradually. As always, it's essential to listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard. If you experience any discomfort, swelling, or bruising around the injection sites, take a break or modify your routine until these symptoms subside.
What happens if I exercise too hard right after getting BOTOX?
Resuming exercise too soon after BOTOX injections can lead to suboptimal results. At Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics, we want you to get the most out of your aesthetic procedures, so it's important to know what could happen if aftercare instructions are ignored.
Exercising too soon after treatment can increase the risk of BOTOX spreading beyond the muscles we specifically target to give you the results you desire. This spread can result in unwanted side effects, such as drooping eyelids, facial asymmetry, or muscle weakness.
Increased swelling and bruising around the injection sites can also occur if you head right back to the gym or your running routine too soon after getting BOTOX. This can prolong your recovery process.
Exercising too soon after BOTOX injections can also compromise the treatment's effectiveness. When we exercise, we experience increased blood flow to the face as well as increased muscle movement. This can cause the BOTOX to disperse more quickly, meaning your results may not last as long as intended.
Of course, exercising is an important part of staying healthy. But in the 24 hours after your injections, it's essential to keep these things in mind. After that, you should be good to go.
Get BOTOX injections in Orlando, FL
At Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics, our team is dedicated to getting you the results you deserve from your injectables. You can consult us about your fitness routine if you have any questions before your procedure. We can give you personalized recommendations based on your treatment and unique circumstances.
If you're ready to get started, schedule your appointment for BOTOX today at our office in Orlando, FL.