Should you exercise right after your Botox treatment?

So you just received a Botox treatment at Defy Nature Medical Spa  and you’re feeling and looking great. In just 3-5 days your wrinkles will be gone! Maybe you’re thinking since my face will look beautiful, I’ll get my body to look toned and in shape too. Get those endorphins moving! So is it ok right after you leave the office to  hit the gym, take a zumba class, ride your Peloton or take a yoga class? Quick answer, no, not really. For the first 24 hours after your treatment, you should avoid exercising.

Exercise increases circulation and under any normal circumstances is a good thing. However, in this context, it can move the injected proteins from where it was intended to go before it has time to get fully absorbed. This can not only decrease its effects but can also increase the risk that it will act someplace it wasn’t meant to. The same goes for yoga—or even stretching—too. Any motion that requires you to put your head below your heart (a la downward dog) can move the Botox from its intended area.

So what do I do?

Schedule your appointment with Kristin Kenny BNA at Defy Nature for later in the day and get your cardio before your treatment instead. Or, you know, use this as the perfect excuse to skip the gym. The next day is the better choice to maintain your rejuvenation investment. Another tip if you can: Lie flat for 3-4 hours after your procedure.

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