There’s no doubt that receiving a cosmetic treatment can be a cause for celebration. After all, who wouldn’t celebrate the disappearance of wrinkles and looking younger? But should your celebration include popping a cork and pouring a glass of bubbly? Can you drink wine after getting Botox? In this article, we’ll go over the reasons why drinking alcohol immediately before or after a Botox treatment might be a bad idea.
Alcohol Thins The Blood
When you drink alcohol, your blood becomes thinner. What this means is that blood cell production in your bone marrow is decreased which results in fewer platelets in your bloodstream. Platelets react to bodily injuries by moving towards the affected area and sticking together to promote clotting. Alcohol not only reduces the number of platelets in the blood, but it also reduces their ability to stick to one another. This can result in excessive bleeding after receiving Botox injections. It’s recommended that you don’t drink alcohol 24 hours before a Botox procedure and refrain from celebrating with alcohol for up to a week after the treatment.
Alcohol Can Promote Bruising
Not only does alcohol thin the blood, but it also causes the blood vessels to dilate which facilitates blood movement. Blood will naturally pool around sites of irritation and injury, which makes Botox injection sites susceptible to extra blood flow. This can lead to bruising. Another factor that increases the possibility of bruising is the fact that alcohol can also cause fluid retention. This can lead to swelling around the injection sites and increase the chances of bruising. This can be especially bothersome in those who are easily susceptible to bruising.
Botox Treatments Will Affect Everyone Differently
Because the effects of a Botox procedure vary among patients, it’s important to have a good understanding of how the treatment will personally affect you before introducing inebriating factors. While Botox treatments are 99% safe, there is a slight possibility of an adverse effect. And if that’s masked by inebriation due to alcohol, it could lead to more serious problems. It’s best to wait and ensure that your treatment has had a positive outcome before opening that bottle of wine.