Botox Do’s and Dont’s for Newbies

BotoxBotox injections have come a long way. These days the procedure is so safe that you can have it done during your lunch break before returning to the office ready to work. That said, you might feel a little trepidation if it’s your first time getting Botox. So here are just a few do’s and don’ts that should help you feel better informed and more comfortable with the process.

DO:

Speak with your doctor first. A conversation with your treating physician should precede any Botox injections for the simple reason that you may be precluded due to an underlying medical condition.  It is equally important to discuss your desired outcomes from treatment, so you and your physician can decide upon an appropriate game plan.

Find a qualified specialist. Before you get Botox for wrinkles, you need to make sure you’re visiting a doctor that has the credentials and experience to put your mind at ease and ensure that your treatment and recovery are smooth sailing.  You can get an idea of how much Botox your doctor does by learning their provider level with Allergan, the makers of Botox.

Follow instructions. If you want the best results, you need to carefully follow the instructions your doctor gives you before, during, and following the procedure. Your doctor can work wonders, but if you fail to follow instructions, your Botox treatment won’t deliver the anticipated results.

DON’T:

Lie to your doctor. If you know that your medical history could stop you from getting Botox for wrinkles, you might be tempted to lie so that you can undergo the procedure. This is a big mistake. It could lead to undesirable results or even serious health problems. And it’s totally unnecessary considering how many other options there are for people that can’t undergo Botox for one reason or another. Always tell your doctor the truth for the sake of safety.

Expect immediate results. When you get Botox for wrinkles, you might expect to see a difference immediately after treatment. But it could take a few weeks to take full effect. Do not get impatient! And definitely don’t get more treatments from other doctors. If you’re unhappy with your results in any way, talk to your doctor for reassurance or to ask what can be done.

Disregard alternatives. Many doctors that offer Botox also have a menu of other in-office treatments available, such as fillers, and some of them may work better for your particular issues. So take the time to speak with your doctor about any alternatives. That way, you can determine if Botox or another treatment will best meet your needs.

 

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