What Is Botox?
Botox is the brand name of a toxin that is used commonly in cosmetic facial procedures.
In large amounts, the botox toxin can be incredibly harmful, but when it is diluted and used appropriately, it can be used effectively to treat uncontrolled blinking, lazy eyes and lessen the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
The most common use of botox is the later, and it works by blocking the signals between the nerves and muscles that are responsible for causing facial wrinkles.
By forcing the facial muscles to relax, the appearance of lines and wrinkles are reduced.
Common Areas Botox Is Injected.
Botox is most commonly used on the face, as that is where wrinkles are most visible and cause the most bother.
Botox injection locations
- Frown lines that sit between the eyebrows
- Forehead lines or 'worry lines'
- Upper nose crease.
- Drooping/hooded eyes
- Side eye wrinkles (crow’s feet)
- Under eyes (tear trough)
- Lip lines that surround the mouth
- Chin dimpling
- Jawline and Neck
- Jaw Angle for bruxism/teeth grinding
How is Botox performed?
Botox is a really quick and easy procedure that is relatively painless and doesn't leave any scarring. The process involves injecting a small amount of botox into specific areas of the face and allowing the product to do the rest of the work – it's as simple as that.
It usually takes between 3 and 7 days for the botox to take full effect, so there are a few post-treatment precautions that have to be considered.
It is advised that alcohol, aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are avoided at least 1 week before and after having botox, as they can cause bruising on the face, and lessen the effectiveness of the treatment.
Activity should also be avoided for the first 4 hours after receiving botox, and strenuous activity for 24 hours. This is because increasing blood flow can metabolize the product before it can completely settle, essentially diminishing the effects of the treatment.
Being advised to avoid activity after botox prompts many people to ask, can you exercise after botox?
Can You Exercise After Botox?
As a general rule, any strenuous activity, including exercising should be avoided for at least 24 hours after receiving botox; here are 4 reasons why:
1. There needs to be enough downtime after botox injections for the proteins in the toxin to properly diffuse and take effect. If blood flow is increased, which happens during exercise, the product will metabolize to soon, which will result in less than desired results.
2. Getting all hot and sweaty will usually see you whipping sweat from your face, resulting in a mini-massage like effect. By putting pressure on areas that have recently received botox will move the product around, and possibly away from the intended areas.
3. If you are particularly susceptible to bruising after botox, then exercising can make the bruising more apparent and more painful. Exercise temporarily raises blood pressure and makes swelling more pronounced, which can be bad for areas that have recently been injected.
4. This one is for you swimmers and cyclists out there! Wearing a swimming hat, goggles or helmet can put pressure on the face, similar to the pressure put on your face from wiping sweat. Anything that presses on treated areas in the first 24 hours after treatment can affect the outcome significantly.
What Exercises Are Safe After Botox?
So if your a fitness addict and just can't wait to get back to working out, you might be wondering how long after botox can you exercise, and what exercises can you use to ease you back in?
Although it is advised to stay away from strenuous exercise for 24 hours, some say it is best to avoid exercising for up to a week!
It can take between 3 and 7 days for the botox to take full effect, so it would be a bad idea to rush back into the gym and possibly compromising the final outcome.
7 days might sound like a lot, but taking a week off from exercise can often do wonders for your health. A little time off every now and again can give your body an amazing opportunity to fully recover and loosen up – rest and recovery are equally as important as the exercising itself!
When it is time to get back into the swing of things, I wound strongly recommend easing yourself in.
For your first few workouts, it would be a great idea to start with some slow and steady exercises that are gentle on your body and won't work up too much of a sweat. Think walking, slow leisurely bike rides, and yoga.
By week 2 your botox should be fully set, looking great, and ready for you to start exercising as you please.