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Can You Workout After Botox?

Anyone interested in looking and feeling healthier, fresher, and younger understands how a regular exercise routine is important in anti-aging. However, integrating popular anti-aging treatments, facials, or even injectables such as Botox, with an exercise routine might appear challenging. But is this concern truly justified?  

If you are someone who exercises regularly and is still interested in getting injectable treatments such as Botox, the good news is that you won’t have to change too much in your workout schedule since Botox is a treatment with minimal downtime recovery. But despite that, there are still a couple of things about Botox post-exercising that you need to be aware of.   

How Exercise Affects Botox Treatment Areas   

When Botox is injected, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the areas where injected. That way Botox prevents treated muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles. The treated area is highly precise and targets only specific muscles as that’s the only way to ensure a natural-looking reduction in fine lines.  

However, exercise influences the body in several ways that can interact with these treated areas. 

First of all, exercise boosts circulation throughout the body. Additionally, physical activities raise body temperature, which might affect the stability of Botox in the treated muscles. Finally, strenuous exercises, particularly those involving heavy lifting or high-intensity training, increase facial pressure and muscle movement.  

What Can Go Wrong?   

One of the most immediate concerns following Botox injections is the potential for increased bruising and swelling at the injection sites. Exercise, particularly vigorous activities, as already explained, elevates blood pressure and circulation and that way exacerbates these side effects. This affects the aesthetic outcome temporarily but can also extend the healing process, delaying the full appearance of Botox benefits. 

Engaging in strenuous exercise too soon after treatment can lead, as well to an increased risk of Botox migrating from the targeted area. This migration can result in a diminished effect where it's needed or unintended muscle relaxation in adjacent areas, potentially causing asymmetry or an unnatural facial expression. 

The efficacy of Botox is also a concern when it comes to premature exercise. The increased metabolism rate associated with rigorous physical activity may lead to a faster breakdown of Botox, shortening its lifespan and the duration of its visible effects. Essentially, the sweat and exertion could mean that your Botox treatment wears off more quickly than anticipated, reducing the time you can enjoy your smooth, rejuvenated skin.  

When is it Safe to Exercise After Botox?   

The key to harmonizing Botox treatments with an active lifestyle lies in timing and the choice of activities post-treatment. Most experts recommend a brief period, typically 24 to 48 hours, of reduced physical activity following a Botox session. This window allows the Botox to fully settle into the muscle tissue, reducing the risk of migration or accelerated metabolism due to exercise.    

Optimal Exercise Choices Post-Botox 

While it's best to avoid vigorous workouts right after your Botox treatment, there's no need to put your fitness goals on hold. Embrace some lighter exercises that will keep you moving and feeling good. It's all about finding that balance between staying active and preserving your Botox results. Here’s the list of several post-Botox recommended physical activities.  


Walking is a highly recommended activity following Botox injections. It's low-impact, doesn't significantly increase blood pressure, and provides a multitude of health benefits. A gentle walk, especially in a serene environment, can also be meditative and stress-relieving, further enhancing your post-treatment experience. 


Pilates offers a controlled exercise regimen that focuses on core strength, flexibility, and mindful movements. Opting for a low-impact Pilates session can help maintain muscle tone and improve posture while ensuring your Botox treatment remains undisturbed. Avoid any high-intensity Pilates workouts or positions that require straining your face or inverting your body in the days immediately following your treatment. 


Swimming is a great way to engage in aerobic exercise without impacting your Botox treatment, as long as you keep your face above water. The buoyancy of water supports the body, reducing the risk of strain and allowing for a full-body workout. Opt for gentle laps over vigorous swimming styles in the initial days following your treatment. 


Stationary cycling can be a good option for maintaining cardiovascular health after Botox. It allows for a heart-pumping workout while keeping the body relatively stable and the facial muscles relaxed. Ensure to maintain a moderate pace to avoid excessive sweating or straining. 

Additional Tips: Getting the Best Botox Results  

Getting the best results from Botox includes many aspects to be considered and put into practice. Getting ready beforehand, taking care of yourself afterward, and making some tweaks to your lifestyle are all necessary steps to ensure your Botox treatment goes smoothly with the intended benefits. But beyond proper Botox aftercare and avoiding intensive exercises just after the treatment, what else you can do to get the best possible results? 

Selecting an Experienced Practitioner 

The skill and expertise of the practitioner play a crucial role in the success of Botox treatments. Ensure you choose a licensed and experienced professional who understands the complexities of facial anatomy and can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. 

Follow Post-Treatment Instructions 

Sticking to your practitioner's post-treatment instructions is key to maximizing the effects of Botox. This includes avoiding rubbing or massaging the treated areas, staying upright for several hours post-injection, and, as discussed, pausing your exercise routine for the recommended period. 

Maintain a Skincare Regimen 

A consistent skincare routine that includes hydration, sun protection, and the use of products that complement the effects of Botox can improve and prolong its benefits. Consult with your practitioner about skincare products and practices that can support your Botox results. 

Regular Follow-Up Treatments 

Botox effects are temporary, typically lasting 3 to 6 months. Scheduling regular follow-up treatments can help maintain the smooth, rejuvenated appearance that Botox provides. Your practitioner can recommend an appropriate treatment schedule based on your individual response to Botox and your aesthetic goals. 

Are you ready to schedule your appointment with Skin Spa? We provide Botox treatments at multiple locations nationwide, including New York, Dallas, Miami, and Boston. Take a look at our spa locations and select the one that suits you best. 

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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