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.

Items you will need

  • Soap
  • Washcloth
  • Ice pack
  • Heat pack
  • Sunscreen
Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.