According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure nationwide. In 2016, over 7 million people had Botox treatments. If you are considering an anti-aging treatment to improve the appearance of your skin and combat any fine lines and wrinkles, then Botox anti-wrinkle injections could be the procedure you’re looking for. Certain considerations should be taken before and after Botox injection; one of the most important is alcohol consumption!
It’s known that people who are involved in an accident after alcohol consumption usually bleed more easily than those who didn’t drink alcohol. That is also the reason that you’re advised not to consume alcohol in the lead up to having a tattoo. The same goes here for your Botox procedure, as you should avoid consuming alcohol. Ideally, this should be 24 hours before your procedure at the very least. But if you’re able to avoid it throughout the entire week, even better!
Alcohol is a vasodilator, which means it stimulates the relaxation and expansion of the blood vessels. This widening of the blood vessels increases blood flow throughout the body, including near the surface of your skin. Alcohol, as well, causes fluid retention which can in turn increase the possibility of bruising and swelling. A very small puncture that wouldn’t ordinarily leave a mark is more likely to leave bruising when you have been drinking alcohol. This is mainly because the tiny blood vessels are more prone to rupture.
Following your Botox treatment, we really want any bruising to be kept to an absolute minimum to allow you to enjoy the results of your treatment instead of worrying about when the bruising will begin to subside. For this reason, many practitioners and injectors recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol directly before and after your Botox treatment, as bruising might occur at the injection sites where your Botox injections were administered.
One of the undesirable side effects of alcohol consumption that it can cause is dry skin, especially if consumed excessively. Dry skin is likely to result in cracks forming, and if you’re scheduled for a Botox appointment then dry, cracked skin is only going to hinder the appearance of your final results. Scheduling a Botox appointment is all about improving the appearance of your skin, helping you and your skin appear fresher and younger. For sure dry skin will interrupt this goal.
There is no definite time when you can start drinking alcohol after your treatment. But the common rule is you shouldn’t drink alcohol for the first 6 hours after treatment, and preferably to avoid it in the first 2 days. This is really due to the exact same reasons as to why you should avoid alcohol before the treatment. Your skin and any treated areas will be healing during the hours and days immediately following your procedure. During this time, the treated areas will still be prone to bruising; and thinning the blood with alcohol consumption is likely to increase that bruising effect. If this occurs, you will experience a longer time of recovery, as the bruising will require extra time to subside.
Another problem is that Botox injections may cause side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. These effects can worsen if you drink alcohol after you receive the injections. For this reason, it is recommended that you do not consume alcohol after getting Botox injection.
The good news is that after all this short-time of abstinence, your face will be looking younger and more youthful than ever and you will be ready to shine in any party or gathering!
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