Tips to consider before getting Botox

Are you considering Botox treatment for the first time? Here are a few tips to think about before receiving the treatment.
What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of the toxin called bacteriumclostridium botulinum. It is commonly used for cosmetic purposes to treat and prevent lines and wrinkles. It’s usually injected into the forehead, frown lines and around the eyes. It prevents the muscle area from contracting by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscle. Wrinkles soften and relax.

What is Botox for?

Botox treatment is also received by individuals to alleviate excessive sweating, also known as primaryhyperhidrosis. This is a result of overactive sweat glands in the palms of the hands, the feet and the armpits. Botox will attach itself to the nerves that stimulate sweat glands and act as a blocker, similar to how it works with muscles.

It’s important to know the facts if you’re considering getting Botox. For one, Botox is a bacterium and should only be given by trained medical professionals. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not get Botox. Do not use Botox if you have a neurological disease.

The side effects of Botox include temporary bruising. In more rare cases there can be headaches and temporary eyelid drooping. Underarm antiperspirants or deodorants should be avoided for 24 hours after a Botox treatment to prevent adverse skin reactions.

Here are some more Botox tips to take into consideration before going for your first treatment.

Selecting a doctor

During a consultation period, a qualified medical professional should discuss your reasons for Botox to determine if you are a good candidate. They should be honest with you regarding what Botox can help you achieve – for instance, wrinkles as a result of sun damage or gravity will not respond to Botox. Some wrinkles are better served by fillers instead of Botox.

The medical professional needs to be aware of your medical history, allergies, current health issues plus any medications including vitamin and herbal supplements that you’re taking.

Before your appointment

About a week before your appointment, you should stop taking over-the-counter blood-thinningmedications such as aspirin or Ibuprofen as well as any herbal supplements such as vitamin E, ginseng or Ginkgo Biloba.

After your appointment

Remember that slight bleeding or bruising is just temporary. Avoid rubbing the injection area within the first two days, but do encourage the Botox to spread across the muscles. You can do this by exaggerating your facial expressions in the first hour. Don’t exercise or lie down in the first four hours after your appointment to prevent the Botox from spreading where it shouldn’t.

Be patient. It can take a few days to a couple of weeks to see results of theBotox so don't be discouraged if you don’t see immediate success. Repeat treatments should only occur once the effect begins to wear off - approximately three months.

Botox as a cosmetic procedure has many benefits that can help boost your self-confidence. Make sure you do your homework before diving in – it just may save your face.

Tips to consider before getting Botox
The material on this website is provided for entertainment, informational and educational purposes only and should never act as a substitute to the advice of an applicable professional. Use of this website is subject to our terms of use and privacy policy.
Close menu