Will Sun Exposure affect my Botox Results?
Botox is a popular and effective anti-aging procedure, and if choose to get this type of treatment, you’ll want to make sure you properly take care of your skin afterward. In this blog, the team of experienced doctors at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation explain how to handle sun exposure after your Botox treatment:
What is Botox used for?
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A and is used in injection form to block nerves that contract facial muscles. When the muscles don’t move as much, the appearance of a wrinkle is softened, helping you achieve a younger, smoother, fresher appearance. It’s a popular treatment because it yields good results without the need for an invasive procedure.
Botox has also been found to have many other benefits and can be used to treat chronic migraines, excessive sweating, as well as many other conditions.
What after-care is important after receiving Botox?
You can resume most of your normal activities after having Botox. However, you should take the following precautions:
- Avoid sunlight exposure for 24 hours
- Don’t rub or massage the injected area for about 4 hours after treatment
- Stay upright for 4 hours
- Avoid headwear that fits tightly across your forehead
- Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours
- Limit alcohol for the first 24 hours
How long should you wait before getting sun exposure?
You should avoid sun exposure on the same day you get your Botox treatment. That’s because the natural dilation of your skin’s blood vessels can then diffuse your Botox more quickly than desired. As a result, your Botox may not last as long as it normally would. In addition, if you receive excessive sun exposure while your skin is still experiencing some redness, swelling, or tenderness from your Botox injections, these side effects may be worsened.
What precautions should you take if you’re going outside or tanning?
After your initial swelling and redness go down, you don’t have to stay inside and become a hermit. When you go outside, wear sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. It should also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Not only is this recommended since you’ve had Botox injections, it’s also a good idea for anyone.
If you’d like to find out more about Botox, make an appointment today with New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation. We have offices conveniently located in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan and look forward to helping you feel younger and live better!