Can I Drink Alcohol After Botox?

It might be stupid to ask but better safe than sorry. Is alcohol affecting my Botox treatment in any way? I'm meeting with my colleagues this weekend and they warned me it will get rough, as in we're expecting there to be a tremendous amounts of alcohol consumed. Should I pass on going with them?


F, 36, Ohio

This is actually an excellent and highly relevant question. When undergoing a cosmetic treatment, even one as minimally invasive as Botox, it’s always important to ask your practitioner any questions you may have, especially if they could impact on the safety or efficacy of the procedure. Directly after Botox or a dermal filler treatment many injectors advise their patients to avoid anything that dilates the blood vessels or functions as a blood thinner. This means you need to avoid alcohol, but also abstain from activities such as intense workouts,  saunas, as well as aspirin or Vitamin E supplements.

There exist mild adverse effects that may arise as a result of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption in particular causes fluid retention which can in turn increase the likelihood of bruising. This is because alcohol is a vasodilator, which means it stimulates the relaxation and expansion of the blood vessels. This widening of the blood vessels increases blood flow throughout the body, including near the surface of your skin.

A little bump or puncture that wouldn't ordinarily leave a mark is more likely to leave bruising when you have been drinking because the blood vessels are more prone to rupture. For this reason, many practitioners and injectors recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol directly before and after your Botox treatment, as bruising might occur at the injection sites where your botox injections were administered.


However, there are also other reasons why you may wish to avoid consuming too much alcohol. Alcohol leads to fluid retention which in turn causes swelling and bloating. In addition, alcohol is dehydrating, which can make your skin appear dry. If you have a work event to attend and wish to look your best, it is advisable to avoid drinking too much for these reasons. Most practitioners would advise you to drink in moderation as excessive drinking is harmful. Enjoy a drink or maybe two, but be responsible.

The short answer to your question is that while there is presently no evidence to suggest that drinking alcohol affects the success of Botox treatments, alcohol can cause undesirable side effects. If you have any remaining anxiety, it is always advisable to check in with your injector to hear their recommendations about alcohol consumption in relation to Botox and how you can ensure the best results possible. The chances are, however, that they will simply tell you to drink in moderation as per the standard advice of a medical professional.


   Alcohol consumption has not been shown to have any efffect on Botox efficacy. Enjoy! 

If you had your treatment done already, the alcohol shouldn't have any effect on the Botox already injected. However, if you had alcohol the night before you will be receiving treatment, the only side effect would be more bleeding at the injection site during treatment. Be sure to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Hope this helped!!