Botox is the most popular non-invasive facial treatment in the cosmetics industry, thanks to its efficiency, imposing results and low-risk. Just like every cosmetic treatment, Botox also requires some aftercare in order to avoid affecting results and make them lust as long as possible. Read along, and get to know all the instructions that are worth the effort.

How long does it take to recover from Botox?

Though a Botox treatment takes only 15 minutes, results are much slower to appear. Every patient is different, but the average number of days to achieve the final results is up to 14 days. In most cases, apart from a slight swelling and a minimal risk of bruising that usually settle within a few hours, Botox has no side effects.

First day post-treatment

Right after the treatment you may experience some swelling and bruising around the injected area. To help Botox take hold, some facial exercises like frowning and squinting can be useful. The most important things you should avoid are laying down for at least 4 hours post-treatment, rubbing or massaging your face, hot showers and baths, taking anti-inflammatory painkillers, vigorous exercise and smoking and drinking alcohol.

Few days post-treatment

Swelling and bruising may still be present 48 hours after the treatment, but skin becomes more tranquil and less sensitive. The first little changes start to appear on the face from day 3 and muscles get relaxed, smoothing out wrinkles. By day 7, face starts to look refreshed and is ready to have facial treatments that involve putting pressure on the face. The complete results of your Botox treatment should be fully achieved by day 14, giving your face a smoother and refreshed look, free from deep wrinkles.

How to handle pain?

In case you experience pain 24 hours after the treatment, putting ice on the treated area is a good solution to ease the pain and reduce swelling and bruising. You only need to pay attention to not rub the area with ice or to leave ice continuously on the area.

If you feel the need of taking any painkillers, always discuss it with your doctor. Paracetamol is usually fine, but since they have anticoagulant effect, aspirin or ibuprofen are out of question.

What about sleeping?

Botox takes a few hours to settle and tends to migrate to other areas of the face which can cause complications – that is why keeping away from laying down at least for four hours right after the treatment is highly recommended. Besides this, you are free to choose any sleeping positions.

Heat and sun

Though heat and laying down even on a sunbed should be avoided at least for four hours following the treatment, UV exposure does not affect the results of Botox. On the other hand, sun exposure is the main cause of wrinkles, so it is worth spending as little time under the sun as possible to prolong the youngish look of the face.

Exercise and movement

For the same reasons like laying down, strenuous exercise is also advised to stay away from for 24 hours after the treatment, along with doing yoga. However, the risk is minimal, but you should even pay attention to avoid bending over for a few hours.

Botox is an absolutely safe treatment, so with some special care, recovery time can be decreased to the minimum. In case you have further questions left, get in touch with us via info@cocoonmedicalspa.com and set an appointment with our professionals.