Botox® is a household name for anti-aging skin care and wrinkle prevention. While this injectable is easy and quick, there are some steps you may wish to consider to get the most out of your treatment and enjoy your results. Before jumping in with both feet, here are some helpful hints to ensure you enjoy your Botox® experience.
Choose a Skilled Injector
When it comes to Botox®, this cliché rings true; the product is only as good as the injector who injects it. Because Botox® is the most popular cosmetic procedure globally and in the Richmond area, choosing a qualified injector may prove harder than you think. Avoid Botox® parties and clinics with no oversight from a board-certified surgeon. This choice could prove disastrous if not dangerous.
Botox® is a safe and quick procedure when done with a highly trained and experienced injector. Plastic surgeons are physicians well-trained in facial anatomy and medical ethics to ensure your complete safety and effective results.
Schedule a Consultation
Although many beauty salons and spas offer Botox® treatment much like getting your hair done or a pedicure, you should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon before your initial Botox® treatment. This visit will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss your goals and get a sense of what to expect before, during and after your procedure.
Also, you will be able to establish a rapport with your plastic surgeon and feel confident in their ability. When the doctor and patient are on the same page, the procedure is more likely to have satisfactory results.
Understand What Is and Isn’t Possible
Botox® is effective in smoothing away wrinkles and fine lines temporarily, but it is not a miracle cure for beauty and does have its limitations. Although you may have seen results on a friend or family member who impressed you, Botox® reacts differently with different patients. Never form expectations based on another patient’s results.
Once you experience your initial treatment, you will have a better understanding of what Botox® can do for you. Your plastic surgeon will give you a better picture of how Botox® works and what results you can expect within limits. You should also understand you may deal with some bruising, swelling or redness initially after your injections.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Guidelines
Botox® requires little to no downtime, making it an easy procedure to schedule around your lifestyle, but your injector will provide some steps to follow to attain quick and effective results. These may include:
- Keep your face upright for the first few hours after injection
- No alcohol consumption following injections
- Avoiding strenuous physical activity
- Avoiding rubbing or touching the injected area for 24 hours
These instructions may vary from your plastic surgeon, but as a general rule, these are good to follow after your Botox® injections.