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Botox/Dysport/Xeomin injections are a quick and safe procedure that have very little impact on usual activity on the day of injection.


Tiny injections are administered to relax the action of the muscles that create excessive movement, causing wrinkles. To allow these neurotoxins to work optimally in the target muscle, the following precautions are suggested:

  • No rubbing or massaging of the injected area for 4 hours after treatment, including facials.

  • No strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment.

  • Keep upright for 4 hours — no lying on your front. Avoid activities such as shoe shopping.

  • Avoid headwear that is tightly fitted across the forehead.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol or blood thinning medication before the treatment to prevent bruising.

  • Avoid make up for an hour or so. Mineral make up can be applied immediately after injections.

Normal daily activity can be resumed immediately following treatment. Light exercise can be performed after 4 hours but it is recommended that strenuous activities are avoided for 24 hours.

After 4 hours you may perform light exercise such as:

  • Walking

  • Jogging

  • Upright yoga (avoid any positions that leave you lying flat or upside down)

  • Gardening

  • It is recommended that you wait 24 hours before attempting any strenuous exercise, including:

  • Weight training

  • Cross training

  • Long distance running

  • Yoga (positions where the body is inverted)

Botox injection

In most cases, there will be no side effects to a treatment of Botox/Dysport. However, because everybody’s physiology is different, people can be affected in different ways. A small minority of people reported the following symptoms:

  • Bruising — For the majority of patients, the area of injection will appear no different. For a small minority, some minor bruising may occur.

  • Bumps — A few minutes after treatment small bumps may be visible on the skin. These will disappear very quickly.

  • Headache — True allergies to Botox/Dysport are extremely rare. Temporary headache is the most commonly reported symptom following Botox/Dysport injections, though the numbers of patients who report headaches is very small compared with the amount of treatments performed. 

Botox/Dysport does not ‘build up’ or accumulate in your system. Recommended treatments are scheduled at about 12-16 weeks. Once the effects have worn off it is safe for you to top up treatments in the same area. It is also perfectly safe to have multiple treatments in different areas at the same time.

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