Can You Get a Facial After Botox: What You Need to Know

by Linda Robison

Wondering if can you get a facial after Botox, on the same day? 

While a facial immediately after Botox isn't recommended, don't worry! There are soothing ways you can pamper your skin to enhance your Botox glow.

can you get a facial after botox

Combining treatments with your Botox appointment

So you've just had a quick Botox procedure, and you feel great! 

But, you might wonder how to make your skin even better. Who doesn't want to get the most out of their appointment?

After all, your time is valuable, and who doesn't want to make the most of their appointment? Also, your plastic surgeon or medi-spa may offer discounts for multiple treatments.

Whether you're looking to save time, or money by bundling services like Botox and facials, here is what you need to know to maximize your benefits and achieve the best outcome for your skin.

Facials and Botox: How they work

Botox injections, containing botulinum toxin, work by temporarily relaxing specific facial muscles. This reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles – those that form from facial expressions like frowning or squinting. 

Facials, on the other hand, cover a lot of different skin treatments like: cleansing, exfoliating, massages, and masks all designed to improve skin tone and texture.

Both treatments help enhance your appearance. 

However, there's one key difference: facials often involve rubbing or massaging the skin, which is not recommended immediately after Botox injections.

According to Dr. Engelman, cosmetic dermatologist,"Botox, while minimally invasive, requires avoiding certain activities that can irritate the area or disrupt healing. This includes facials..."

Why wait?

why wait after Botox for facial

Most doctors advise waiting several days after Botox before getting a facial for a few key reasons. 

Here's why:

Unwanted Side Effects:

Botox injections take a few days to settle into the targeted muscles in order to get the full effect. Facials might shift the toxin to a different area, leading to uneven (temporary) results like eyelid drooping (ptosis). So, it's important to let it settle without any manipulation.

Increased Risk of Bruising and Irritation

The injection sites may be sensitive. Massaging or rubbing the area can irritate or increase bruising.

Compromised Results:

Some facials use ingredients that might interfere with the effectiveness of the injectables. For example, strong cleansers or chemical peels could irritate and hinder it from fully relaxing the muscles.

Bottom line: Getting a facial too soon after Botox disrupts the delicate process of the injectable working its magic and potentially leads to less-than-optimal outcomes.

Now, let's delve into the key factors to consider when scheduling your next facial appointment.

How long after Botox can I get a facial

Timing is Everything. The crucial element here is waiting time. Ideally, you should wait at least 7-14 days after your procedure before getting a facial.

Here's why:

Settling In:

Injections take time to settle in and produce their full effects, typically within two weeks. A facial too soon might disrupt the distribution, impacting the final results.

Injection Site Sensitivity:

The injection sites might be slightly sensitive for the first few days. Massaging or manipulating could lead to irritation or bruising.

Bottom Line: Patience is key. You've spent good money for your fabulous results. So give your Botox enough time to work its magic before indulging in a facial.

Facials after Botox: Get your glow-on

Glowtox facial

You can still maximize your time and enhance your results by getting a facial before Botox injection! This procedure is often called a Glowtox. 

A Glowtox is a variety of facial treatment done before Botox injections. It use techniques like exfoliation, hydration, or light peels to improve skin texture and tone. It's often described as the perfect finishing touch for your overall treatment.

Is it Safe?

While dermatologist, Marisa Garshick, agrees that receiving a facial massage before Botox is safe, she emphasizes the importance of making sure the skin is properly cleaned to prevent infection.

But, she warns against receiving Botox on the same day as a facial if there is any swelling present, as it can affect the effectiveness of the Botox treatment.

Note: There is also something called a Glowtox Facial. This refers to a microneedling device used to deliver diluted Botox (or a similar product like Dysport) very superficially into the skin. The goal is to achieve a subtle wrinkle-relaxing effect along with stimulating collagen production for improved skin texture and luminosity.

What can you do at home

The good news is, you don't have to completely forgo facial pampering after your injections!  

Note: It's best to wait at least 4-8 hours after your injection before applying anything or touching your face. 

Here are some gentle at-home treatments:

Hydrating Serums and Moisturizers:

If you're looking for extra hydration, consider using a lightweight, hydrating serum or moisturizer after waiting at least a few hours post-Botox. Apply it gently, patting it onto your skin. Do not rub.

Sheet Masks:

Sheet masks can provide a nice hydrating boost without the need for massage. Choose a gentle, fragrance-free formula and follow the application instructions carefully. Again, do not apply any pressure to your face.

Remember: Communicate with your aesthetician beforehand.  Inform them about your recent Botox treatment and request a gentle, non-invasive facial suited to your needs.

Final takeaway:

Bottom Line: When it comes to injections, patience is key. Give your Botox enough time to work its magic before indulging in a facial.

Steer Clear of Aggressive Techniques

To be safe, certain treatments are best avoided:

  • Facial Massage: Vigorous massage can potentially spread the toxin to unintended areas, leading to unwanted effects.
  • Chemical Peels: These treatments use harsh chemicals that could irritate the recently injected areas.
  • Laser Treatments: Similar to chemical peels, laser treatments might disrupt the treatment and irritate the skin.

If you're unsure about a specific facial treatment, consult your dermatologist or aesthetician. They can advise you on the best options to complement your Botox treatment without compromising the results.

FAQ: Can you get a facial after Botox

Q: Is a Hydrafacial treatment OK with Botox?

A: Yes, it's fine, as long as you wait about a week or so after your injections. Check with your injector for best results, as everyone is different.

Q: Can I get a light face massage after my treatment?

A: Personally, I'd wait a few weeks before doing any manipulating or massage of the face or area near the treatment.