Your Botox Appointment and What to Expect
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures globally, with millions being spent on the treatments every year. If you are contemplating coming in for Botox treatments, here is some information to ensure that you go into it prepared.
What Can Botox Do for You?
Botox treatments help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to even out the skin’s texture. Botox injections can also prevent future wrinkles from forming.
This is accomplished through regulation of the movements in our facial muscles. Overused facial muscles stay contracted in irregular positions. This causes the appearance of various facial lines. When the muscles are relaxed with the help of Botox, the skin relaxes and the lines fade.
Preparation for Botox Treatments
About a week prior to getting the treatment, you should discontinue any prescription medication or supplements that might thin out your blood like aspirin, fish oil, Vitamin E, and ibuprofen.
The thinner your blood is, the more your skin is likely to bruise during the Botox procedure. For this same reason, you will need to avoid alcohol the week before the treatment.
How Many Botox Injections Are Required?
Depending on your needs and requirements, your doctor will determine the number of injections that will be required. These will typically be spread out over different areas of your face.
Does Botox Hurt?
The idea of having one injection is daunting enough, let alone a few in your face. However, most patients hardly feel any pain at all during Botox treatments, while some liken it to acupuncture therapy.
You might feel a prick in areas of your face that are more sensitive than others, but rest assured, because each injection takes only a few seconds to administer, the entire procedure is complete in a few minutes.
In case your threshold of pain is very low or if you have a phobia of needles, speak with your physician about applying a topical numbing lotion prior to the commencement of the procedure. It will take about 15 minutes to come into effect, and you won’t feel any discomfort at all.
Are There Any Side Effects or Downtime?
Most patients do not experience any side effects at all. For the few who do, side effects are limited to a slight swelling, redness, or bruising in the areas that were treated. For a few hours after the treatment, you should avoid lying down, as it might cause pressure on your face; this will create irritation in the treated area.
Also, you must not use any face wash, cream, or have any facials or massages done, as it might result in the Botox shifting to other parts on your face.
Find the Perfect Clinic
The most essential factor that determines the success of your Botox appointment is that you choose an established clinic for undergoing the treatment.
At Alluraderm, experienced physicians Dr. Nicholas Lam and Dr. Victor Mancha are highly skilled injectors who will be happy to help achieve your beauty goals with the help of Botox. Contact us to arrange a consultation.