EXERCISE AFTER BOTOX is a good subject to discuss because I believe that injection of botulinum toxin is a serious procedure, regardless of how fast it’s done. Therefore, one must approach it with a certain degree of commitment and understanding while following the rules and recommendations of the professionals.
So, are you one of those who cannot live a day without a gym or high-quality cardio? Do you think nothing will happen if. after botox injection, you just run a little or ride a bike, just to take off the daily stress? Read further to find out if botox and sport are compatible and what measures should be taken in order to achieve the best possible results and avoid the worst possible side effects.
BOTOX AND SPORT: ARE THEY COMPATIBLE?
People who are actively involved in sports often begin to notice on their faces signs of heavy physical activity. It could be lines, wrinkles, folds, uneven skin surface. Botox injections help improve appearance of skin. But what about exercise after botox? Can we continue to train after botox procedure, or should we wait a little with exercise, if so, how long for? How does botox affect your sports activity? I will do my best to answer these and other questions in the easiest way possible.
Botox and sport are two things that are not recommended to be combined, and there are several reasons for this. Before you figure out whether you can exercise after botox, you need to understand what this procedure involves and what impact it has on the human body. It is also important to understand what cannot be done after Botox injection and what the consequences may be.
The “Oh-So-Popular” botox injections of such well known brands as Allergan Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are injections of botulinum toxin type A, which is, in fact, a poison of paralytic action. Keep in mind that botox injections were originally indicated for treatment of excessive sweating, frequent headaches or migraines and only later on, with a development of aesthetic medicine, they were approved for rejuvenating and wrinkle smoothing procedures.
After botulinum toxin is injected, it begins to spread through the muscle fibers and neutralize the transmission of certain nerve impulses. The end result is muscle paralysis, but without disrupting their blood supply. As long as botox is active, the treated area will remain paralyzed. Theoretically, this effect should last for 6 months. However, this parameter will depend on the individual characteristics such as metabolic rate, state of health, the number of units administered and of course, compliance with rules and recommendations that each patient receives before botox procedure.
CAN I EXERCISE AFTER BOTOX?
It is a known fact that increased physical activity leads to the acceleration of all metabolic processes while the heart muscle becomes more active, because during workouts we get a full supply of oxygen to the entire body. Based on that, it is easy to guess that all the substances coming from the outside, are rapidly eliminated from the body when a person is physically active. This is one of the reasons why you cannot exercise after botox injection. Besides, sports activities reduce the result of botulinum toxin therapy down to a big, fat Zero.
Also, when we exercise, all muscle groups get affected, including facial muscles, even if it is not noticeable. For example, while running or jumping, the facial muscles are constantly shaking. The intensity of the heart work increases which leads to the accelerated blood circulation. This contributes to botox migration to the neighboring tissues.
In addition, during workouts, the body temperature rises, so the body tries to reduce it, actively releasing moisture. Sweat can get into injection sites that have not yet healed, especially in the first days after the procedure. Usually, this does not pose a threat to health – only a slight tingling occurs, but sometimes bacteria and infection get into the wounds causing inflammation that lasts for days.
There is another aspect that are many of us are not aware of: many sports enthusiast who try to lead a healthy lifestyle along with sport professionals often take vitamin-mineral complexes. What these complexes do is they reduce longevity of botox treatment results. Especially dangerous in this regard are the B vitamins.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF CONTINUING TO EXERCISE AFTER BOTOX
If we are talking about an ordinary person who does sport only for the sake of remaining in good health, then they will be able to give up intense physical exercise after botox without any issues. The same cannot be said about those who are professionally engaged in aerobics, gymnastics, wrestling, yoga or other sports. If you ignore post-botox procedure recommendations while ignoring the fact that treatment with botox won’t last as long as it is supposed to, then it can lead to the following side effects:
- problems with the respiratory system;
- hoarse voice;
- muscle weakness;
- redness and itching at the injection site;
- uneven distribution of the toxin in the muscle fibres.
It is especially dangerous to put your body through the intense workout during the first few days after botox injection: complete distribution of the toxin in the tissues occurs in the next 24-48 hours after the procedure. If you ignore doctor’s recommendations and immediately after the procedure start doing sport or housework which involves bending down, you may experience such complications as:
- eyelid ptosis;
- facial asymmetry;
- visual impairment;
- partial atrophy of the muscles near the lips.
These side effects are temporary, but it is unknown how long they can last. In some patients, it takes 2-3 weeks for the side effects to subside, while the others have to wait until the toxin is completely removed from the body which can take up to 4 months.
HOW LONG SHOULD I NOT EXERCISE AFTER BOTOX?
Usually, patients are supposed to stop doing exercises after botox procedure. However, sometimes cosmetologists advise to refrain from intensive sport for 2-3 days before botox injection. This is explained by the fact that during the exercise, muscles can get too tense and remain so for quite a while, so it will take much longer for botox to kick in. This is especially applicable to those who do weightlifting because their facial muscles during intense exercise are very tense.
After the procedure, the duration of physical exercise restrictions is determined individually. It takes 24-48 hours for botulinum toxin to get distributed properly, but the final result becomes visible only by the end of the first week. You should allow another 1-2 weeks for the body to recover, because any cosmetic procedure is considered to be a stress. So, as a matter of fact, you should refrain from intense sports activity for 2-3 weeks after botox injection.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES IF I IGNORE THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONTINUE TO EXERCISE AFTER BOTOX?
If you continue to exercise after botox, be prepared for the serious side effects such as:
- botox migration – the toxin can spread into the other muscles or even organs. Such invasion will lead to a worsening of your general well-being and various pains and aches;
- lethargy and weakness in the body;
- increase of body temperature;
- decrease of appetite.
Before you decide to have the procedure done, think carefully and weigh all the pros and cons of continuing to exercise after botox, because the risk of complications from physical activity can be very high while the effect and the duration of the result can be pretty low. Don’t jeopardise your health, your well-being and your wealth.