Before you get Botox, there are some things you should know. You’ll need to set aside some time and have a few supplies on hand. When you call to make your appointment, ask if the office has any special instructions for preparing for your Botox treatment.
Before your first Botox treatment, make sure you have all your questions answered.
What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription injection that’s used to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), crow’s feet and other wrinkles on the forehead, upper cheeks and around the eyes. Botox injections can also be injected into muscles in the neck to help treat neck wrinkles or “lollipop head.”
What does it do?
Botox works by blocking nerve impulses from your brain to certain muscles, which then relaxes those muscles and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s temporary — effects start within three days after treatment and last four to six months on average. Your doctor will determine how often you should receive botulinum toxin injections based on your individual needs.
Preparing for Your First Botox Treatment
Be sure you’re seeing a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing this type of procedure.
Make sure they are using FDA approved formulations of botulinum toxin type A that have been tested in clinical trials. These formulations have been tested extensively to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Plan on arriving early for your appointment so that you can relax and get settled in before starting your treatment.
Talk to your doctor about what to expect during the procedure. He or she can answer any questions you have about the procedure and what to do before and after receiving injections.
Make sure you know where the injection sites will be located on your face before the appointment and that there are no areas with hair near the injection site (allergies). This is important because if there is hair in the way, it can cause bruising or bleeding at the site of injection. If this happens, it could make it harder for your doctor to give an accurate assessment of whether or not you received an adequate dose at each site.
Wear makeup that matches your skin tone as closely as possible so you don’t end up looking blotchy after receiving injections. This will also help prevent bruising at injection sites if they’re visible through your makeup later on in the day after treatment. Read more by clicking here.