Botox & Dysport are both a safe and effective way to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines on your face. Additionally, it’s a very simple procedure. After a few injections, you’re all clear to leave the office and go about your day. If you want to make sure that you get the best results, this means following proper aftercare—including not touching your face.

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How Long After Botox Can I Touch My Face?

Right after Botox/Dysport, you might notice some bumps, slight redness or swelling. These will fade within the hour. In fact, most people don’t experience any side effects at all, but it’s still essential to perform proper aftercare nonetheless.

This means not rubbing or touching your face for about 24 hours. It doesn’t mean you can’t scratch your nose or lightly rub your cheek—this is referring to not applying any intense pressure on your face. 

If you need to apply makeup post injections, you may just use cation. Again, this type of pressure should only be very light and shouldn’t be anything too intensive. When washing your face, use cold or lukewarm water. 

More Aftercare Tips

Caring for your face after Botox/Dysport means avoiding anything that might worsen the bruising along your skin. You should also avoid Laying down for 4 hours and exercise for at least 6 hours post treatment. 

This one might be tough if you sleep on your stomach, but you should also avoid sleeping atop the areas treated—so, no pushing your face into any pillows. Just for the night of your treatment, you should instead sleep on your back. It might be a little tough, but you can go back to sleeping on your stomach or side the next night.

This might surprise you, but you should also avoid taking painkillers or drinking alcohol. Botox/Dysport goes into your skin, meaning that anything that thins out your blood—like painkillers—may cause bruising along your face.


Botox/Dysport is an effective way to smooth out the lines and wrinkles. It’s a pretty straightforward procedure, although you might still experience side effects like bruising. You can help reduce this bruising and make sure that your treatment works properly by avoiding a few things after treatment, but rest assured: in 24 hours, you can begin to return to your normal routine.