If you’ve ever dabbled in the world of cosmetics, you’ll have heard of Botox. Botox itself is commonly associated with treatment for smoothing out wrinkles, but they’re also known to treat conditions such as migraine.

That said, if you’re planning to undergo any sort of Botox treatment, specifically for cosmetic use, here’s what you should know about the things you must not do after the procedure is done to ensure you recover effectively:

1. Don’t Participate in Strenuous Activities After the Procedure

While there isn’t much downtime between your Botox treatment and the time you recover, this doesn’t mean you should participate in any strenuous activities right after. Doing so will cause you to enjoy reduced benefits.

So, wait at least four hours before you start engaging in light activities like jogging and a full 24 hours before going for more rigorous activities.

2. Don’t Put Pressure on the Affected Area

This is the most common mistake women who’ve just undergone a Botox treatment would make—putting pressure on the affected area. The reason for this is that the affected area will be slightly swollen, so it’s common to see women putting their hands on the area to “push back.” However, doing this, unfortunately, puts pressure on the area and could reduce the effectiveness of Botox.

So, fight the temptation to press against the inflamed area. In fact, don’t touch it for at least one to three days. Also, avoid wearing anything tight or something that can add pressure to the area. Try not to sleep in the area itself either!

3. Try and Avoid Drinking Alcohol

After your Botox treatment, you’ll be given detailed instructions on the things you can and cannot do. One of these would be drinking alcohol because it can reduce the effectiveness of Botox.

In fact, it’s even advised that you avoid drinking alcohol for two weeks after your Botox treatment is done. That’s because alcohol has anti-inflammatory effects that can thin out your blood and lead to bruising in the affected area.

With that same logic, also avoid over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

4. Avoid Any Skin-Related Treatments

After your treatment, your facial skin will be sensitive and prone to bruising, so you shouldn’t go for treatments like laser treatment, chemical peels, or any other type of facial.

The reason is that, within the first 24 hours of the treatment, the treated area is prone to dislodging. In other words, the Botox inside the skin can be dislodged if worked on, so it is vital that you give the treated area at least a full day and night to heal.


If you want to enjoy the maximum benefits of Botox, do follow the tips we’ve shared with you. In addition, if you still have concerns about how you should treat the affected area, always consult with the professional about it. They can give you tips on what to do and what to avoid, and for how long to ensure that your Botox treatment gives you maximum results!

Melinda Silva, MD is a San Diego wellness and anti-aging medical spa specializing in weight loss and more. If you are looking for an anti-aging doctor near you in Chula Vista, reach out to us today!