Even if you have a great skincare routine, it’s difficult to completely prevent the effects of aging and skin damage from giving you a worn-down look over time. And it’s not just normal aging and reduced levels of collagen in the skin that we need to worry about. The repeated facial expressions we make each day cause wrinkles to become entrenched in the skin in the areas where it creases together each time we frown, smile, squint, raise our eyebrows or purse our lips. Once the wrinkles have become set into our skin, it’s difficult to minimize them just by using topical products. Fortunately there are other options. Botulinum toxin injectables like BOTOX® are sometimes called wrinkle relaxers. They address the underlying cause of the wrinkles by preventing the movements of facial muscles that cause lines and furrows to develop.While no recovery time is necessary and side effects are minor, what you do during the days after a treatment session will have an impact on the results. Here’s a simple guide to what you should and shouldn’t do after having wrinkle injections. Los Angeles-area folks used to the heat and an active lifestyle might find a couple of these challenging, but the results are worth it!

Avoid Exposure to High Temperatures 

Avoid saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, hot weather, sun beds, and other heat-related environments right after getting BOTOX®. Excessive heat can cause the product to diffuse and have a shorter lifespan while also increasing the risk of swelling, redness, and irritation. 

Don’t Put Too Much Pressure on Your Skin

Your skin may feel tight after an injection session. Try to avoid massaging, rubbing, or applying too much pressure to the areas of your face that were injected for at least the first 24 hours. Pressure on the skin could cause the active ingredient in BOTOX® to not reach the necessary cells, and it might move into areas where diminished muscle action results in a less-than-ideal look.

Don’t Engage in Heavy Exercise 

It’s best to avoid significant physical activity at first, as such exercise could cause the BOTOX® to be dispersed. Many experienced medical professionals recommend waiting at least 24 hours before resuming exercise, though some injectors may recommend waiting for a longer time. 

Ready to learn more about wrinkle injections? Our team at Cosmetic Surgery Institute is available to answer any of your questions. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or submit a contact form to request a consultation