Can I Wear Makeup Right After BOTOX® Injections?

If you’re like many men and women who undergo cosmetic treatments, such as BOTOX injections, you may prefer to keep your work discreet. While BOTOX generally does not cause visible side effects, some patients may experience mild bruising, swelling, or redness following BOTOX injections. While makeup can certainly help to conceal these issues, it is important to understand when it may be safe and appropriate to apply or reapply makeup after BOTOX injections – and why. Use the helpful information below from our knowledgeable team of providers at Avanti Medical Center in Lehi, UT to learn more about what to expect after BOTOX injections, including how long you may need to wait before putting your makeup back on.


How does BOTOX work?

During your BOTOX appointment at Avanti Medical Center, you will relax in one of our comfortable and private treatment rooms. If needed, a topical numbing cream can be applied prior to injection, though the majority of patients tolerate the minor discomfort associated with BOTOX very well without the need for an anesthetic. After the skin has been cleansed, your experienced injector will ask you to make a series of facial expressions so that he or she can mark the target injection sites. Finally, BOTOX will be drawn up in a syringe and injected into the muscle. Over the next 4 – 7 days, the BOTOX will bind with neuroreceptors and effectively “freeze” or paralyze the muscle, causing dynamic lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface to appear dramatically smoother. Common signs of facial aging that can be improved with BOTOX injections include:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Glabellar lines
  • 11 lines
  • Brow lines


Will I have bruising after BOTOX?

In some cases, BOTOX injections may cause a small bruise at the injection site. In addition, some patients may have redness, swelling, or a small bump near the area of BOTOX injection. These BOTOX side effects are typically very mild and resolve quickly within 1 – 2 days.


How soon can I wear makeup after BOTOX injections?

Because BOTOX is such a quick and convenient treatment – taking just minutes to perform – many patients schedule their BOTOX appointments during their lunch hour or another short break in the day. For those patients who regularly wear makeup, as well as patients who would like to conceal bruising or redness after BOTOX injections, it is generally safe to reapply makeup after their appointment. However, patients are encouraged to wait about 10 –15 minutes after BOTOX injections to use makeup or other topical products in order to allow the tiny pinpoint puncture sites to heal. This greatly reduces the risk of infection at the injection site. Additionally, patients should take care not to apply excessive pressure to the treatment sites, nor should they rub or massage their faces after BOTOX injections, as this may cause the product to migrate to unwanted areas.


By waiting about 10 – 15 minutes, using clean makeup brushes, and applying products gently, most patients can safely wear makeup to conceal BOTOX bruising or simply feel more like themselves.


Say goodbye to expression lines with BOTOX injections in Lehi, UT

If you are starting to notice forehead creases and other lines, even when you are at rest, it may be time to consider BOTOX injections. To learn more about the strikingly natural-looking results that can be achieved with BOTOX injections, call Avanti Medical Center in Lehi, UT to schedule your private consultation with one of our licensed injectors today.

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