Surgical Artistry’s newest employee asks today “why refrain from working out for 4 hours after Botox.” This is a rule that I’ve imposed on my Botox patients.
Here’s my answer:
Working out causes a lot of blood flow – and with the working out – the increased blood flow leads to increased blood pressure – which leads to possible bursting of some internal blood vessels which I may have just “poked” – which will then lead to possibly more bruising and more swelling.
So the answer is – to help avoid bruising.
But there is some added benefit of keeping swelling down.
I came up with the 4 hours, mainly because I think it’s enough time for the blood vessels to seal themselves completely by then. I don’t have an actual scientific study that mentions 4 hours as an optimal amount of time, but it seems to have worked well for me and my Botox patients.