Exercise doesn’t just make you look younger — it makes you younger. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them healthy and vital by sending more oxygen to them and carrying away waste.
It’s no secret that Botox® makes you look younger. And because Botox® is a minimal-downtime treatment, your workout schedule won’t have to change that much. But there are a few things you need to know.
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As mentioned, vigorous exercise increases blood flow throughout your body. That’s why your face may look red and flushed when you exert yourself on a run or at the gym. While blood flow is excellent for skin and your overall health, increased blood flow immediately after Botox® may contribute to the product’s migration to surrounding areas. This potential migration puts you at increased risk for side effects such as drooping eyebrows and eyelids.
As a basic rule, after a Botox® treatment it is best to avoid moderate exercise for at least 4 hours and strenuous activity for at least 24 hours (and that includes applying any pressure to the face, like wiping away sweat or wearing goggles while swimming).
It’s important that there is enough downtime to allow for the Botox® injections to settle into place and take effect properly.
Of special note, if you are a person who tends to be susceptible to bruising after Botox® injections, then exercising too soon can increase the risk for this possible side effect.
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Specifically, raising your blood pressure during a strenuous workout, or even doing a downward dog in yoga, can lead to additional swelling in the injection areas. Doing too much too soon can lead to painful bruising and swelling, and even alter your Botox® results.
During the timeframe between injection and Botox® binding to the muscle, there is an opportunity for the Botox® to migrate, as it has not bound to the muscle yet. Workouts, and especially explosive exercises, can accentuate and increase the migration. In other words, they can negatively affect your results.
You shouldn’t be performing any inversions such as head stands or Downward Dogs. Holding various facial positions throughout yoga and stretching can also cause the Botox® to migrate to unintended areas (which you obviously do not desire).
Furthermore, pressure on your treated area can move your Botox® around and increase your chances of bruising.