Botox is used to correct wrinkles caused by repeated muscular contractions. These contractions happen when we frown or squint, which are things we do every day. These wrinkles are referred to as dynamic wrinkles and can also form due to the effects of aging. It is impossible to stop the signs of aging completely or spend our days trying not to squint or frown but Botox can give us a more youthful face with smoother lines. Botox is an injectable made from a purified protein designed to relax the muscles that create these dynamic wrinkles. Because it is an injectable, Botox is a quick and safe procedure offered at many plastic surgery clinics.
Botox and facials
If you’re thinking about getting Botox or have recently had it done you may be wondering how long afterwards you can get back to your normal skincare routine. It is recommended that you wait at least 24 hours after having Botox to get a facial. Your skin needs time to heal and facials often involve the rubbing and massaging of the area where Botox is usually injected. Besides surface facials, you should wait 24 hours before having deeper skin work done, such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. If you don’t wait 24 hours before having a skin-care procedure done you could risk aggravating the area that was Botoxed, causing it to spread to other muscles.
Bruising after a facial
Although, getting a facial 24 hours after Botox is generally recommended, you should be aware that aggravation to the area where the Botox was injected can be subject to vasodilation, which leads to bruising. Vasodilation is the widening of blood vessels when the smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls of the large veins, arteries and arterioles are relaxed. This can cause some slight bruising, so tell your facialist that you’ve recently had Botox before they get started on your skin. If you are someone that bruises easily, you should take this into consideration and maybe wait 48 hours instead of 24.
Facial before Botox
You can also have a facial before you have Botox. Since most facials are shallow and done only to remove blemishes, acne and refresh the skin you will not have to wait 24 hours and can probably have both done on the same day.
Whatever you choose, it’s important to talk to your doctor. For more information about our Botox procedures contact us today.
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