Can You Drink Alcohol After Botox?

Botox injections are one of the most effective ways to get rid of deep facial wrinkles. However, since it involves neurotoxins, needles, and a decent size investment of money, there are guidelines to keep you safe and to make sure you get the best results possible.

In this article, I’ll discuss whether or not you can drink after botox (and yes, I’m talking about alcohol, drink plenty of water if you want!).

Can You Drink After Botox?

As a general rule, you should not drink alcohol for 24 hours after Botox because it thins the blood, making it more likely that you will bruise.  Alcohol also causes the blood vessels to expand, which will increase blow flood near the surface of the skin, which could cause additional swelling.
This also applies to all cosmetic injections of botulinum toxin injectables, such as Dysport, Xeomin, and Myobloc, as well as dermal filler injections. I’m going to just refer to Botox treatment in this article since it’s the most popular.

How Long After Botox Can You Drink Alcohol?

Since alcohol is a blood thinner, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours after botox injections before indulging in that glass of wine, although 48 hours is probably better. 

For me, it can take over a week for bruises to fade, and I don’t want to risk that on my face for an entire week. I know others that are lucky and who don’t tend to bruise as easily, but I still wouldn’t recommend risking it. 

Also, you want to make sure that your swelling has gone down before any alcohol consumption since it will cause your blood vessels to expand, making the swelling worse. 

In general Botox injections are not a big deal to get, you can usually go right back to work. Drinking gives you an increased risk that you’re going to look swollen or bruised and it might make you have to reschedule your normal daily activities. Not worth it in my opinion!

Frequently Asked Questions About Botox Results

Here are some common questions about the Botox procedure.

Can You Drink Before Botox?

As a general rule, you should not drink for at least 24 both before your Botox appointment. Drinking beforehand could cause additional bruising and swelling in the treated area just like drinking immediately afterward would. This is the same for dermal fillers as well by the way.

Can You Wash Your Face After Botox?

You can wash your face after Botox but do it very gently. The first 4 to 6 hours afterward the injections you could actually cause the Botox to migrate away from the injection site by putting pressure on the area. The last thing you want is for it to migrate and cause a muscle to “freeze” that you didn’t anticipate.

Can You Wear Makeup After Botox?

You can wear makeup after Botox but see the question above about pressure causing the Botox to migrate. It’s a good idea not to touch your face for at least 4 to 6 hours after the injections. You may also have slight swelling as well so it probably won’t be too comfortable putting on makeup.

Can You Lay Down After Botox?

You should wait 4 to 6 hours after Botox injections before you lay down in order to avoid any pressure from your pillow causing the Botox to migrate. I’ve written an article on why this is the case that you can check out here. It also includes other helpful tips for the best results

How Long Does Botox Take To Settle?

Botox can take up to two weeks to fully settle. The reason for the delay is that Botox binds to proteins at connections between muscles and nerves. It prevents a chemical called acetylcholine from being released into the muscles. As the acetylcholine slowly is depleted from our system the wrinkles fade away. So if you want to look your best for a big event, your best option is to schedule your Botox at least two weeks in advance.

I’ve discussed why at length in this article here. Check it out for more information on when to expect initial results and when to resume normal activities.

Final Thoughts on Botox and Alcohol

Since Botox actually targets the muscles underneath your skin, it can impact the most severe facial lines more effectively than topical skin treatments like retinol, tretinoin, or Vitamin C. By reducing these lines it can change your whole facial expression, making you look more relaxed and happy.

I’m a huge advocate for topical treatments because they help promote an increase in collagen production, which is going to improve the appearance of your skin and help with fine lines and wrinkles. But there’s no way that retinol is going to have as big an effect as actually “freezing” the muscles under the skin that cause the really deep wrinkles and frown lines. 

While it is extremely effective, there are many other options for those who aren’t comfortable with it. I’ve never had Botox myself, but I have many friends who have and all of them have been happy with the results.

If you’re interested in other cosmetic treatments for the surface of the skin, that work to get rid of crow’s feet and fine lines, these articles may be helpful to you.

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This article is helpful if you’re interested in exfoliating the skin for a bright complexion.

Microneedling vs Chemical Peel- Which is Best for Your Skin?

Medium or deep chemical peels are one of the most effective cosmetic procedures to fade hyperpigmentation and reduce wrinkles.

Red And Blue Light Therapy- Benefits For Your Skin

LED light therapy is perfect if you’re looking for an inexpensive at-home treatment that can really make a big difference in your skin.

If you’re going to invest in any skin treatments like botox, microdermabrasion, lasers, etc. it’s worth taking the time to know the best practices so you stay safe and see fantastic results.