What Happens if I Lay Down on my Face After BOTOX® Injections?

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BOTOX injections are an easy way to reduce Crow's feet and other common signs of aging. While this Boston med spa treatment does not involve surgery or long recovery times, it's still important to follow aftercare instructions to avoid poor results. The DeRosa Center recommends meeting with a facial plastic surgeon with experience in this area.

Patients should always avoid laying down on their faces after BOTOX. Today, double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa will explore the risks and potential complications associated with pressing on the face after treatment. We'll also provide some tips for avoiding complications and how to make the most of your outcomes.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX wrinkle relaxers temporarily block muscles in the face from contracting. This helps reduce the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles in targeted areas. BOTOX injections are a preferred cosmetic treatment for Crow's feet and other creases around the eyes, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines.

BOTOX is carefully administered by hand using a thin needle, causing little damage to surrounding tissues. Dr. DeRosa has performed countless treatments and knows how to achieve natural-looking results. Once the procedure is over, our Boston med spa also provides detailed information and instructions for at-home care.

Why can't I lay down after BOTOX?

After wrinkle relaxers, all patients should avoid laying down flat on their faces. Doing so could result in BOTOX injections migrating into the wrong areas, creating an unattractive or unnatural look. You should also avoid pressing on the treatment areas with your hands.

Attempting to rest or sleep with your head slightly elevated is the safest and most comfortable option after BOTOX. Plus, this position can help reduce minor side effects, like swelling and inflammation. Our facial plastic surgeon will let you know how long to wait before it's safe to lay down on your face again.

Here are some tips to help with sleeping after BOTOX:

  • Use pillows or sleep in a recliner chair to keep your head elevated during recovery

  • Sleep on your back, not your stomach or side

  • Keep water and healthy snacks on your nightstand for easy access

  • Avoid sleeping with a pet, as they might disturb your rest

What other aftercare tips should I follow?

Additional tips for taking care of your skin after wrinkle relaxer treatment:

  • Drink water and avoid caffeine and alcohol to keep your skin hydrated and plump

  • Refrain from strenuous exercise until Dr. DeRosa says it's safe to return to a normal workout routine

  • Wash your face with warm water and a soft cloth, but avoid harsh soaps or rough scrubbing

  • Avoid hot tubs and steam rooms as this may cause swelling and discomfort

What if I don't follow proper aftercare instructions?

Failing to follow our suggested recovery instructions could lead to long-term issues. Patients may experience serious complications, like infection or poor results in some cases. Patients with questions or concerns about BOTOX injections are more than welcome to contact The DeRosa Center at any time. Our dedicated team of professionals has performed a wide range of aesthetic treatments and knows how to achieve successful results.

Achieve successful BOTOX results

Wrinkles like Crow's feet are no match for BOTOX, but it's still essential to take proper precautions after treatment. Contact The DeRosa Center to schedule BOTOX injections with a trusted facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Jaimie DeRosa will meet your cosmetic needs and exceed your expectations. We look forward to helping you achieve a natural and youthful appearance through wrinkle relaxers at our Boston med spa.