What Should You Know Before Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment?

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BOTOX® Cosmetic is the commercial name for botulinum toxin, which is produced in the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. 

While excess amounts of the toxin in the bloodstream can be dangerous, the FDA has approved the toxin as a cosmetic injection used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. And thus, this injectable has become the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment available for its ability to minimize expression-causing lines and wrinkles in the face.

It can also be used in various conditions such as eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, some bladder disorders, and chronic migraines. 

There are several other BOTOX® treatments options you can get to sort out the aging problem.

Candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic

While BOTOX® Cosmetic is a low-risk and potent anti-aging solution, it is not suitable for everyone. 

Ideal candidates must be in good health( have no current or preexisting medical conditions) and have realistic expectations. The procedure is effective for candidates of all ages from 20 to 70, though the best results are among those with mild wrinkles as this treatment does not tighten loose or stretched skin. 

The best way to determine your eligibility is to visit your physician, who will determine your eligibility.

Getting Ready for BOTOX® Cosmetic

After having consultations with your doctor and ensuring you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can discuss goals. This will help you and your BOTOX® Cosmetic injector develop an appropriate treatment plan. This may include BOTOX® Cosmetic injections in one or more facial locations as well as additional non-surgical or surgical procedures like dermal fillers, microneedling, laser resurfacing treatments, or even facial enhancement surgeries (such as facelift surgery or brow lift surgery).

You should provide the physician with a complete medical history and any medication or herbal supplements and remedies you are taking. 

Generally, you should be clear on the following medications, as they may have adverse effects on the treatment:

  • Allergy medications
  • Aspirin
  • Blood thinners
  • Ibuprofen
  • Fish or Omega-3 oils
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  • John’s Wort
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Sleeping aids
  • Vitamin E

You may also be advised to quit smoking before the injection to avoid bruising. If you smoke, you should ask your doctor how long it should take after quitting smoking before having BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. 

Make sure you are clean and free from moisturizers or cosmetics before the treatment.

The Procedure

A BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is relatively simple; it involves small amounts of the substance being injected into particular muscles. These injections temporarily relax the muscles and block chemical signals that tell the muscles to contract. Therefore, high-movement areas, such as the forehead, between the brows, and the corners of the eyes, remain relaxed and smooth. 

Different numbers of injections may be administered depending on the area being treated, but typically it is five to 15 needle pricks. Most clients take less than 30 minutes to complete the treatment. The procedure is comfortable, and at most times, no anesthesia is necessary.

Things to Avoid After BOTOX® Cosmetic

The success of the treatment is pegged on how you handle yourself a few hours after BOTOX® Cosmetic. You are highly advised against:

  • Rubbing your face, as it may irritate, prolong redness, or cause bruises
  • Lying on your face in the first four hours
  • Participating in strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours
  • Drinking wine and taking blood thinners for 24 hours 
  • Washing your face
  • Exposing the area to sun or heat for 24 hours