Here’s What NOT to Do After Getting Cosmetic Injectables


Here’s What NOT to Do After Getting Cosmetic Injectables

July 26, 2021

With cosmetic injectables such as Botox, dermal fillers, and lip enhancements increasingly in demand, it can be easy to forget that they require aftercare. Depending on the procedure, there are a number of activities you should avoid after receiving cosmetic injectables, which all are meant to protect the longevity of your procedure, as well as the integrity of your skin. In this article, we take a look at 3 things that you should NOT do after getting cosmetic injectables, so you can prepare yourself to avoid these possibly damaging activities.

Don’t participate in intense cardio

Botox can be a great way to immediately take years off of your appearance, but it does mean temporarily putting a halt to your cardio. But don’t worry, you won’t be off the treadmill long.

Plastic surgeon Henry F. Garazo tells us more on why you should avoid intense cardio immediately after Botox injections:
“Cardio exercises are great for boosting your endorphins and burning fat but not so great for optimizing your Botox results. This is because cardio temporarily raises your blood pressure, which can increase your risk of bruising and/or swelling at your injection site. We know it’s hard if you’re a workout junkie, but we recommend waiting a full day after your neurotoxin injections to perform any exercise that increases your heart rate for a prolonged period of time. Don’t worry—your patience will actually help you enjoy glowing results sooner!”

Avoid anything that induces bacteria… including makeup

Many of us choose to receive cosmetic injections just in time for an event - but don’t make the mistake of getting them the day before. It’s important to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours after your procedure to avoid causing infection.

Epiphany Dermatology explains how using makeup too soon can introduce bacteria into your skin:
“After any cosmetic injection, avoid massaging or pressing on the injection site and avoid makeup. We have holes in our skin from the injection that allow bacteria to enter. We don’t want to introduce anything that could infect the area. Cosmetics at home are not completely sterile so it’s best to avoid putting them on the skin for 24 hours following an injection.” 

Don’t drink alcohol

Want to do brunch with the girls before going for your Botox treatment? You’re going to want to skip the mimosas. To avoid bruising, patients should avoid drinking alcohol at least a full day before any cosmetic procedure. 

Healthline tells us more on why avoiding alcohol is advised immediately before any cosmetic procedure:
“Before getting Botox, you’ll be asked to avoid alcohol for 24 hours. Alcohol increases the risk of bruising. This holds true after the procedure, too. Wait at least 24 hours after your injection before consuming alcohol.”

I’m Ashley Mills, a Registered Practical Nurse & Certified Cosmetic Injector. I started LYFT Medical Aesthetics in Collingwood, ON to help make injectable cosmetic treatments accessible to a wider audience. Contact us to book your free consultation today!