When considering if you should avoid exposure to direct sunlight after a Botox treatment, there are actually several factors that should be considered.
Does Sunlight Increase Botox Side-Effects?
Botox treatment can result in short-lived side effects – including bruising, swelling, increased sensitivity, itching, and more rarely temporary pigmentation changes at the points of injections.
These symptoms typically subside within 24 hours, although they can persist for a week or so in some people. If you are prone to developing any of the above after treatment, be aware that excess sunlight exposure can exacerbate these side effects. We think it’s prudent to minimize your exposure to sunlight after Botox treatments, this will minimize your recovery time afterward.
Does Sunlight Stop Botox From Working?
The good news is that sun exposure does not seem to have any long-term negative effect on how effective Botox treatments are. The mechanism that Botox uses to block nerve impulses and relax facial muscles is not affected by sun exposure.
Long-Term Sunlight Exposure
Sunlight does not seem to affect how long the effects of Botox treatments last. However, long-term exposure to sunlight will definitely accelerate the aging of your skin and can lead to the connective tissue in the skin breaking down. This leads to wrinkles, and ultimately loss of skin tone. Even if sunlight does not directly affect Botox’s ability to smooth your skin, it is strongly recommended to use moisturizing sunscreen on a daily basis and to limit your exposure to direct and indirect sunlight.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and experienced in providing Botox treatments. We can provide expert advice on the best ways to address your particular situation. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.