Also known as botulinum toxin, Botox is a popular cosmetic for treating facial lines and wrinkles.
It is applied in areas where wrinkles form most, such as on the forehead and around the eyes. Botox also treats excessive sweating and migraines.
The procedure is a less invasive treatment that uses several tiny doses of Botox through injections under the facial skin surface in a grid pattern.
Its ability to smooth the skin has been proved to have a high patient satisfaction rate.
How exercising after Botox treatment affects the results
Exercises require too much movement
Patients are always recommended to avoid many changes in head position after getting Botox injections as the botulinum toxin could migrate.
This can occur even with low-impact exercises such as Pilates or yoga – and this could deny you the chance to achieve the desired results.
It increases the overall flow of blood
Strenuous exercise accelerates the rate at which your heart pumps. While this is great for the health of your cardiovascular system, it’s not good for Botox.
It could potentially cause it to diffuse away from the initial injection site into unwanted areas, temporarily paralyzing surrounding muscles.
Vigorous exercises also increase blood pressure, which can lead to swelling and bruising at the injection site.
Exercise exerts pressure on the injection site
After a workout, it’s normal to wipe away sweat, which could apply pressure to your face.
Additionally, certain activities such as swimming and cycling require facial headgear that may apply pressure to common injection sites.
As such, doctors always give precautionary measures to avoid touching the face within the first 4 hours or 24 hours after getting Botox.
Exerting the slightest amount of pressure could make Botox migrate from where it was injected, which could still be sensitive and prone to discomfort.
Facial exercises can help!
While post-Botox exercising may be bad news for avid fitness fans, you don’t have to completely give up working out.
After getting Botox, doctors recommend engaging in facial exercises minus the touching.
This involves moving your face around a lot by raising your eyebrows, smiling, and frowning.