If you’re looking into beginning a Botox routine to help refresh your face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, one of the things you may have come across in your internet research is the aftercare instruction of avoiding sun exposure following Botox injections. Is that really necessary? How would the sun affect your results? Dr. Krant shared her expertise to help you understand what to expect and what to avoid after Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox and other neuromodulators designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the face use the active ingredient botulinum toxin to inhibit muscle activity in the areas they’re injected. This chemical stops muscles from contracting too intensely, causing wrinkles in the skin that appear deep and can make a person look older or more angry than they actually are.
This is an injectable treatment that should be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or “core four” specialty aesthetically trained physician injector for the safest treatment and highest chance for natural-looking, effective results.
Can I Go In The Sun After Botox?
In short, yes, it’s fine to be in the sun after you receive Botox injections. The formulas used in the brand names Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are completely absorbed in the relevant neuromuscular junction within about 24 hours, meaning Botox goes to work quickly. During this limited window and after the Botox begins working, sun exposure won’t affect the results of your treatment or the way Botox works.
Although treatment is very safe and not affected by sun exposure, there are some side effects people should know to expect from the injections, including small bruises that show up around the injection sites. These bruises are normal and not cause for alarm, and they fade within 24 hours or up to 10 days, depending on the person.
How Should I Care for My Botox in The Sun?
All Botox injections wear off over time – the exact length you can expect Botox to last depends on a number of factors, including intensity of exercise. When the weather is pleasant and warm, people may be more inclined to exercise outdoors, and while they attribute their Botox wearing off to the fact that they’re outside, the real reason may be because they’re exercising a lot more. Physical activity can hasten how quickly your muscles recover from the effect of the Botox in the injection sites, but sunlight has no direct impact. Learn more about how Botox works here.
Taking care of your Botox mostly relies on your perception of how it looks and how you feel. If you experience symptoms such as blurry vision or pain, or notice unnatural results, call your board-certified physician injector right away to get the issue sorted out. There are a few options to help adjust or reduce an unwanted, though temporary, Botox result. So rest assured, as long as you’re watching out for abnormal side effects, it’s a safe procedure when performed by an experienced doctor.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about Botox, what it can do, where it can be injected, and how you can make the most of your refreshed appearance, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant at Art of Dermatology. You can start a conversation with the office by calling 212-488-5599 or contacting us online today!