You are at work, in an airport or mall, in an official event, or anywhere else, and you suddenly find a tempting massage booth that delivers fantastic massage. While you are getting ready to relieve from body and mind tiredness in a brief pleasant massage session, you suddenly remember your Botox injections the other day and you become concerned whether this is safe. In this article, we will show you how safe massage is after Botox shots.
What is Botox
Botox is actually an injection of a type of powerful toxic material, called botulinum toxin, to the body! Highly poisonous Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and interestingly, very small doses of this dangerous neurotoxin can be highly effective in treating special problems such as muscular disorders, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, bowel disorders, chronic migraines, etc. There are also non-approved applications such as treatment of swallowing difficult, producing too much saliva, forceful contraction of the vocal cords, etc. Among the approved applications of Botox, the most popular one is the cosmetic treatments.
Why Do People Do Botox
While we age, our skin muscles and tissues become gradually looser. Aging, added to a history of smoking and poor nutrition, can damage your skin tissue even more. Moreover, a number of your facial muscles may hurt from habitual muscle contractions which can crinkle your skin. Botox is one of the most well-known anti-aging solutions which can help to remove your skin wrinkles and lines.
How Does Botox Work to Make You Look Younger
Botox is the most well-known non-surgical cosmetic treatment which involves injecting botulinum toxin into muscles. If a very small concentration of this neurotoxin material is injected into the human body, this therapeutic protein can prevent nerve cells’ signals from reaching muscles and therefore temporarily paralyzes special muscles which are responsible for wrinkles. By doing this, the treatment actually aims to prevent these special muscles from contractions. The result would be softening or removal of skin wrinkles and lines such as frown lines between the eyebrows.
How Long after Botox Can You Receive Massage
Immediately after you receive Botox injections, specialists advise you to smoothly exercise facial muscles. However, you will be prohibited from touching, compressing, disrupting, or sleeping on the Botox injection sites for at least the first few hours. You have to wait for at least a few days before you can see the actual effect of Botox injections, and therefore, you have to wait for a few days before you have someone else therapeutically touch your face.
During the recovery days, you have to keep anything away from your face. During the next few weeks, it is better that you first make sure when exactly you can receive any facial massage. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you first consult with a neurologist or a dermatologist so that they can detect the time you are able to receive any facial massage. Like always, looking for a highly practiced massage therapist is highly suggested as well.
How Can You Have both Your Botox Treatment and Massage Therapy
Among the sorts of touching or compressing you should avoid after receiving Botox shots is massage therapy on your face or the surrounding body parts. Massaging the injection site can put you at risk of moving the Botox and contaminating the unwanted areas. In addition, you cannot lie down on the massage table as you may lay flat on your face and unintentionally press your newly Botox-treated skin.
The best scenario would be arranging your massage therapy session before receiving the Botox injections. If applied before the Botox treatment, it can also help you reduce your injection stress. Moreover, you can also benefit from special massage positions in which the therapist does not touch your face or the surrounding areas. One option is to receive a chair massage in the opposite direction.
Can You Have Chair Massage Immediately after Your Botox
Interestingly, the answer is yes! Normally, during a chair massage, you are required to sit forward with your face placed in a head cradle while your body’s front parts are leaning on the chair. Nevertheless, your Botox treated facial skin should not be pressed and stressed even on a padded cradle. In this case, any trained masseuse will suggest you be positioned in the opposite direction with your back to a standard chair while the weight of your back and abdominal is supported by the chair but your upper back and neck are still exposed to be massaged.
The bottom line is that you have to exercise great caution in receiving any massage type at any position. Consult with your specialist about your massage therapy plan and inform your massage therapist of any recent Botox you had.