Getting Botox in the Summer
Advances in technology have made Botox easier and more hassle free than ever, but there are still important things to know about post-injection skin care. And with summer right around the corner, the issue of sun exposure before and after Botox is particularly important to consider. At Femme Physique Medical Spa, we have some helpful pieces of information about getting Botox treatments in the summer.
Taking Care of Skin Post-Botox
Receiving Botox injections does not require any downtime, and that makes it one of the most low-maintenance aesthetic treatments you can get. Still, there are a few actions patients should to take to ensure that they get the best possible results from this cosmetic procedure. Because the full results won’t come into full effect for about two weeks after the treatment, patients are encouraged to take extra care of their skin during this time.
After receiving Botox injections, some patients experience minor reactions such as bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness, or itching in the treated area. Understandably, patients tend to be the most worried about bruising. To minimize this side effect, most doctors recommend avoiding actives that cause sweat – including strenuous activities, alcohol, hot baths, etc. – for the first few days after injections. If you don’t notice any bruising the day after your treatment, you should be okay to proceed with sweat causing activities.
Botox and Sun Exposure
While some websites assert that sun exposure won’t affect Botox, we highly, highly recommend limiting sun exposure and wearing sun screen for about two weeks after this cosmetic procedure. This is because exposure to ultraviolet rays increases the metabolism of injectables, causing them not to last as long. The UV radiation induces collagenase in fibroblasts and leads to collagen to break down. This is the same process that causes wrinkles, and it doesn’t help your Botox stay in tip top shape.
This does not mean you need to avoid exposure to the sun altogether, however! Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher, and allow your Botox to settle properly before spending prolonged amounts of time sun bathing. Tanning in a tanning bed is also okay if you have waited the proper amount of time and do not have a history of sun sensitivity. If you have more questions about this particular issue, ask your doctor for more details about Botox, sun tanning, and skin health.
Get Sexy Skin this Summer
We love the smooth, sun-kissed look of summer skin, but tanning and waxing aren’t the only ways to get sexy skin this summer! Botox is easy and super effective, making it a great addition to your summer beauty regimen. To schedule a consultation or find out more about this incredible product, contact Femme Physique Medical Spa today!