How Long After Botox Can You Sleep On Your Side?

Botox has been one of the go-to procedures for those who need an effective treatment for their facial wrinkles. FDA-approved and minimally invasive, these injectables also require little to no downtime. That means you may continue with your normal activities. However, sleeping on your side is not one of them--sleeping time may be a challenge for side sleepers after Botox. If you're also a side sleeper, you can't help but ask: when can I have a good night's sleep again?

So how long after Botox can a patient sleep on their side? Most doctors advise patients not to sleep on their side for 2 days after the treatment. That’s enough time to ensure that the injection sites are healed enough to not be infected by contaminants on the pillow. Sleeping on the side of the treated area at least after 2 days will also be safe enough to avoid migrations of the treatment to other parts of the body.

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How Long After Botox You Can Sleep on Your Side

Most plastic surgeons advise their patients to avoid sleeping on their side for at least 48 hours after treatment. They must also wait for 4 to 6 hours after treatment before lying down. That’s enough time for your Botox injections to settle into your muscles and give you satisfying results. Lying down sooner than recommended may interfere with how the botulinum toxin should work in your face.

Facial lines form with age as you form facial expressions. Botox can reduce their appearance by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles, which will allow the skin to smoothen. It can remove even the most stubborn sides of aging, such as frown lines and dynamic wrinkles. Some patients also inject dermal fillers to add plumpness to the skin and stimulate collagen production--the protein that provides firmness and elasticity to the skin. 

What Happens If You Sleep On Your Side Soon After Botox

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Plastic surgeons advise patients against lying on their side soon after Botox to avoid adverse effects. Not following the aftercare instructions carefully might also give you unsatisfactory results. There will be risks of migration, infection, bruising, and swelling.

1) Botox Migration

Sleeping on your side sooner than recommended might cause your Botox injections to migrate from the injection sites. Too much pressure and rubbing as you sleep might spread the cosmetic injections to the surrounding areas of your face. Botox migrations might result in muscle weakness, droopy eyelid, vision problems, and more.

This is the same thing with lying down and sleeping right after your injectable treatments. Drowsiness may be one of the common side effects of Botox, but you should still avoid lying down no matter how sleepy you are. 

2) Infection

4 to 6 hours may be enough for your Botox to penetrate your muscles, but you still shouldn't sleep on your injection sites to avoid infection. The treated areas tend to be more sensitive than ever after cosmetic procedures. It may be tiny, but the needle from Botox may have left a wound where contaminants from your pillow may enter. Getting your treated area injected may result in a risk of complication.

3) Bruising and Swelling

You may experience bruising and swelling even if you have followed aftercare instructions. These are due to damaged blood vessels and trauma from the anti-wrinkle injections. However, the mild side effects you are experiencing might worsen if you had slept in your treated area.

Tips for Sleeping After Botox

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If you’re a heavy side-sleeper, it may be difficult to keep yourself from lying down on your treated areas. The good thing is that there are things you can do to avoid this. Here are some sleeping tips after Botox:

1) Sleep On Your Back

The best way to sleep and keep the physical pressure off your injection sites is to sleep on your back. This sleeping position will also prevent the treated areas from touching your pillows. Risks of Botox migrations might already be low if 4 to 6 hours have passed since your anti-wrinkle injections, but it's still best to lie on your back to avoid complications and infections.

2) Place Pillows Around Your Body

To help you avoid sleeping on your side, you may place pillows on either side of your body to keep you from lying on your back. You may use your regular pillows at home or you may also use wedge pillows to prevent you from rolling over. 

3) Use Silk Beddings

Using silk beddings instead of the usual cotton material will help reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Beddings made of mulberry silk will help with your skin after receiving your Botox procedures. Mulberry silk is said to be "anti-aging" because of the sericin protein, which helps the skin retain its moisture and hydration. Silk beddings will help reduce the friction your skin receives from cotton beddings.

4) Avoid Rubbing Cream On Face

You may have to slow down on your skincare regimen at night if you just had Botox injections. Avoid applying the face creams you use at night for 24 hours after your procedure. The rubbing motion when applying your cream might create too much pressure. This might cause your Botox to migrate and result in bad side effects. If you should wear your cream at night, apply it gently and avoid too many facial massages.

5) Sleep On Clean Bedding

Replace your bed sheets and pillowcases with fresh and clean ones after Botox treatment. This will help avoid irritation or infection in the treated area. You wouldn't need to come into contact with the dirt, grime, and bacteria that have accumulated in your dirty beddings. Make sure to replace your beddings every week to achieve clearer skin.

6) Avoid Hot Showers

You may enjoy a warm shower before bed time, but avoiding hot temperatures is included in your Botox aftercare guide. Hot showers may increase your blood pressure as your temperature increases. A boost in blood flow may also cause your Botox to migrate to surrounding areas.

7) Avoid Headbands 

You may wear headbands as part of your routine every night, but you may have to skip this for two nights after Botox. The pressure from your headband may also migrate your anti-wrinkle injections.

What To Do If You Lie Down After Botox

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As much as we try to follow the Botox aftercare guide religiously, unfortunate events may happen. Some patients slip and do the things they're not supposed to do, whether accidentally or not. If you find yourself in this situation, what should you do?

Medical professionals provide you with the instructions for taking care of your Botox treatment to avoid unnecessary risks. However, Botox migrations rarely happen, and most patients resume their daily activities in no time. If you happen to sleep on your side sooner than intended, the chances that your results will be affected are low. Observe any unusual side effects and follow up with your doctor immediately.

This doesn’t mean you can now sleep on your side. It's still for the better to follow the Botox aftercare instructions.

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For achieving the best results from your Botox injections, it's best to avoid sleeping on your side for 48 hours after the treatment. To achieve a flawless and wrinkle-free procedure, the injection technique of your injector and your aftercare is important.

Here at The Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body, the customer's satisfaction and safety are our priority. With our team, we can assure our patients to receive the utmost care and the best treatments and services. Experience the wonders of Botox for yourself and book an appointment with us now.

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