How to Take Care of Your Skin After Botox

by Ann Olson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Botox is an injectable prescription medication used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In non-cosmetic applications, Botox is also used to treat muscle stiffness, pain caused by cervical dystonia, and eye-muscle problems, such as strabismus (lazy eye). Taking care of the affected area after treatment can help facilitate healing and prevent infection.

Begin practicing smiling and frowning to exercise the muscles. Do a set of these exercises every hour.

Gently cleanse the area with soap and water after 6 hours have passed since the initial treatment.

Apply icepacks if the area is swollen, bruised ,or painful to the touch during the first 24 hours after treatment. Keep the icepack on the affected for 30 minutes at a time. If an icepack is not available, use a cold, damp washcloth.

Replace icepacks with heat packs no sooner than 36 hours after treatment. Apply the heat pack to the treatment area for 20 minutes at a time. Do not apply it for more than 20 minutes per hour. If a heat pack is not available, use a warm, moist washcloth instead.

Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat to the treatment area to reduce sun damage. Continue to wear sunscreen until the swelling and redness disappear.