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What Happens If You Exercise Too Soon After BOTOX?

You probably have heard about the skin tightening, rejuvenating effects of BOTOX®. It is a popular nonsurgical facial injection that temporarily reduces aging skin effects for up to 3 – 4 months. This safe and effective neurotoxin blocks facial nerve impulses to relax the muscles that cause facial aging. Patients leave this quick aesthetic appointment, often called the "lunch hour" treatment, looking refreshed with smoother-looking skin. However, many patients often wonder how long after having BOTOX can you exercise?

Read on to learn more about BOTOX's restorative power and what protocol you should follow after your treatment to get optimal results. If you'd like more information after facial injectables or other popular aesthetic treatments, contact JEM Medspa in Elmhurst or Orland Park, IL, to schedule a consultation at the location nearest you.

What is the right age for BOTOX?

It is not uncommon for women and men between the ages of 35 – 55 to consider BOTOX or other cosmetic injectables to reduce facial lines and wrinkles. Today, even younger adults in their 20s receive BOTOX injections as a preventative measure to deter aging skin signs. The results from a single BOTOX injection can temporarily treat or prevent wrinkles on the upper face or forehead, fine lines around the eyes (commonly known as "Crow's feet"), and those annoying lines between the brows. In most cases, one treatment could last 3 – 4 months before patients should return for touch-up sessions. Here are some helpful tips on how to maintain that rejuvenated look, including when it is permissible to exercise.

How long after having BOTOX can you exercise?

As a basic rule, patients should avoid any exercising or strenuous activity for at least 24 hours and applying any pressure to the face, like wiping away sweat or wearing goggles while swimming. There needs to be enough downtime to allow for the BOTOX injections to settle into place and take effect properly. If blood flow increases with exercising, the neurotoxin serum proteins will metabolize more rapidly, altering any skin tightening results. Exercising also temporarily raises a person's blood pressure, which can increase swelling in areas that have been recently injected. If a patient is susceptible to bruising after BOTOX injections, then exercising too soon can increase the risk for this possible side effect. Although it is generally advised to avoid exercising for 24 hours, it can be best to wait a full week.

What exercise after BOTOX is safe?

If you want to get back to your workout routine, what exercises can you do? BOTOX injections can technically take 3 – 7 days to take full effect. 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. So, take a week off and if you must do something, go for a walk. By playing it safe, you can assure your BOTOX recovery will go smoothly, and your results will be fully set to enjoy.

How do I get started?

Before your BOTOX appointment, one-on-one consultation with one of our aesthetic experts at JEM Medspa will determine if this skin tightening solution is right for you. We offer numerous nonsurgical treatments at our locations in Elmhurst and Orland Park, IL. Our medical aesthetic team values every person's cosmetic goals and will determine the right treatment plan to achieve them while educating each patient on what to do afterward to extend the life of their BOTOX treatments.


Call JEM Medspa today and book your BOTOX consultation, and start enjoying the restorative power of this cosmetic injectable. If you are looking for additional skincare needs, try these Brilliant Connections skincare products.



* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.