How Long After Botox Can You Lay Down?

No one can deny that Botox treatments have gained significant popularity. However, post-procedure care often raises important queries. A frequently posed question is: “How long should one wait post-Botox treatment before lying down?” While it might appear straightforward, adhering to the correct protocol is pivotal for optimizing treatment outcomes. This blog will answer this question and more, as well as what you should avoid doing within the first 24 hours post-Botox.

How Long Should You Stay Upright After Botox?

After receiving Botox injections, it’s generally recommended that patients remain upright for a minimum of 4-6 hours. One of the primary reasons for staying upright is to prevent the injected botulinum toxin from migrating to unintended areas. If the Botox migrates, it could potentially cause unwanted side effects, such as headaches, droopy eyelids or eyebrows, a crooked smile, or even difficulty swallowing.

While these side effects are uncommon, rubbing your face, bending over, or applying pressure to your face increases the risk of your Botox migrating and affecting the muscles that control these areas of your face.

Therefore, resting upright ensures that the Botox settles in the targeted muscles correctly, leading to better and more consistent results. But don’t fret. You can still unwind by watching television or reading a good book—basically, any task that doesn’t require you to bend down or exert pressure on your face.

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Sleep on Your Side After Botox?

You may have heard that you can’t lie down after receiving Botox injections at risk of the Botox migrating. This is actually a myth. In reality, what you can’t do is lie down flat on your face. It’s the pressure on your face that would cause the Botox to migrate, not the act of lying down.

Nevertheless, if you’ve received Botox in an area of your face that would experience pressure if you lie down on your side, you must avoid lying down for at least 4-6 hours after receiving Botox injections.

Additionally, laying down can increase blood flow to the injected areas, which could exacerbate bruising or swelling.

Therefore, relaxing or sleeping on your back with your head elevated is the safest choice after getting Botox. However, if you’re known to toss or turn in your sleep, you should avoid sleeping after Botox altogether to prevent your face from being squished against your pillow.

Why Am I So Tired After Botox?

Experiencing fatigue after a Botox injection isn’t a commonly reported side effect of the treatment itself. However, there can be various reasons why someone might feel unusually tired after receiving Botox. One reason is the body trying to adapt to the Botox in your system. This is more common with people new to Botox. Another reason could be due to the anticipation of the procedure, again for those new to Botox. This could lead to an increase in stress and anxiety, which can manifest as physical tiredness afterward.

What to Avoid During the First 24 Hours After Botox

Botox offers a refreshed and youthful appearance, but the immediate post-treatment phase is crucial in ensuring that the results are as desired. The first 24 hours after receiving Botox injections are particularly vital. While the procedure itself is relatively quick and often painless, there are specific activities and habits you should be cautious of during this initial period to optimize outcomes and minimize potential complications. Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of aftercare Botox tips to help you steer clear following your Botox session.

  1. Strenuous Physical Activity: Avoid heavy exercise as increased blood flow could potentially cause the Botox to disperse from the injection site.
  2. Heat Exposure: Saunas, steam rooms, hot showers, and direct sunlight should be avoided as they can increase blood flow to the treated areas and potentially exacerbate bruising. This should be avoided for up to 48 hours.
  3. Make-up: Avoid applying makeup, especially with brushes or sponges, to reduce the risk of infection or irritation at the injection sites. In fact, it’s best to avoid rubbing anything on your skin or touching your face for up to three days.
  4. Alcohol: Alcohol can act as a blood thinner, increasing the risk of bruising at the injection sites. It’s also best to avoid it for 24 hours before your appointment.
  5. Facial Treatments: Avoid facials, microdermabrasion, and other skin treatments which could irritate the injection sites.
  6. Hydration: Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine to keep your skin hydrated.

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Having BOTOX® injections and treatments with dermal fillers are great ways to non-surgically diminish the signs of aging. At the Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto, Canada, our Anti-Aging Specialists use dermal fillers and neurotoxins to essentially ‘turn back the hands of time.’ With years of experience, our Expert Injectors use their skills to provide patients with a refreshed, more youthful-looking appearance.

If you are interested in learning more about the various facial-rejuvenation procedures available at the Skinjectables Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto, contact us today at 416-546-5200 and book your initial consultation. Our experienced Anti-Aging Specialists can use a variety of non-surgical procedures to help you look more refreshed. Furthermore, if you have been diagnosed with axillary hyperhidrosis or would like to reduce the size of your masseter muscles, our Experts can help.

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