How Gua Sha Can Interfere with Cosmetic Injectables

November 2, 2022 Tags:

woman with closed eyes uses gua sha tool on her face

If you’re up-to-date on the latest beauty rituals, you may already be familiar with gua sha facial tools, an increasingly popular at-home beauty treatment for stimulating lymphatic drainage and reducing puffiness. Gua sha is a traditional Chinese healing method that involves scraping or pulling the skin with a contoured tool that is oftentimes made of jade, rose quartz, or stainless steel.

While this beauty tool may be effective for improving circulation and reducing some puffiness, gua sha can negatively affect how neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, and Juvéderm settle post-injection. Pressing too firmly on your skin while using a gua sha tool can cause migration and diffusion, and ultimately impact desired outcomes.

According to dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD, “It can take time for the injections to absorb into targeted areas, which is why I don’t recommend using gua sha tools during this period.” Instead, it’s best to avoid massaging your face with a gua sha tool for at least one week after any cosmetic injection. If you’re experiencing any swelling or bruising after fillers or injectables, it’s best to wait until this resolves.

If you’re interested in maintaining a youthful appearance with Botox injections or you’re looking for more skin-lifting and facial contouring benefits than what a gua sha can offer, contact the team at Dr. J.J. Wendel Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation today. Our experts are happy to discuss your treatment options! 

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