How Should I Sleep After BOTOX®?
With treatments as quick and convenient as BOTOX injections, it can be easy to forget about your aftercare routine. Fortunately, BOTOX treatments require virtually no downtime and rarely cause side effects, but there are a few things you’ll need to know about what to do – and what not to do – after BOTOX. At Sereno Santé near San Jose, CA, board-certified physician and aesthetic expert Dr. Maia Chakerian keeps men and women looking and feeling their best with a wide array of cosmetic treatments and procedures, including BOTOX injections. Use the helpful information below to better understand what you can expect after BOTOX injections, including how and why your sleeping position matters.
How does BOTOX work?
BOTOX is a popular cosmetic injectable that is used to reduce dynamic lines and wrinkles on the face, including:
- Forehead lines
- Brow lines
- Frown lines
- Glabellar lines
- Crow’s feet
When BOTOX is injected into the muscle, it forces the muscle to relax. This temporary muscle paralysis makes lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin above the muscle appear dramatically smoother and – in some cases – invisible!
How fast does BOTOX work?
Unlike dermal fillers, which provide virtually instant results, the effects of BOTOX take about 5 – 7 days to become apparent. With this in mind, patients should schedule their treatment far enough ahead of any special occasion they may be planning for.
Am I supposed to do anything specific after BOTOX?
BOTOX injections can be performed in a matter of minutes and do not usually require topical numbing, making them among the most convenient cosmetic treatments available today. In most cases, patients are able to return almost immediately to work and other activities without any downtime or side effects. Some patients may experience minor bruising or swelling at the injection sites, but these symptoms are typically mild and short-lived. Although it is safe to resume the majority of your normal routines right after BOTOX, there are a few things you’ll need to avoid for at least 24 hours:
- Direct sun exposure
- Exercise/strenuous activity
- Rubbing your face
- Sleeping on your front or side
Why do I need to sleep on my back after BOTOX?
In rare cases, rubbing, massaging, or otherwise putting pressure on the face too soon after BOTOX injections can cause the product to spread to other areas, resulting in an unwanted cosmetic outcome. For this reason, patients should plan to sleep on their backs with their heads slightly elevated for at least 1 – 2 nights after getting BOTOX injections. During your initial consultation for BOTOX in San Jose, CA, Dr. Chakerian will discuss additional BOTOX aftercare instructions with you at length.
How long does BOTOX last?
For most men and women, the effects of BOTOX last for about 3 – 4 months. Many patients choose to schedule BOTOX injections at regular three-month intervals to get ahead of their wrinkles before they reappear, allowing them to stay consistently smooth and youthful.
Make BOTOX your best-kept secret in San Jose, CA
If you’re looking for a convenient and reliable solution for dynamic lines and wrinkles, BOTOX may be right for you. For more information on the benefits of BOTOX, call Sereno Santé to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified physician and injectable expert Dr. Maia Chakerian today.