Botox has become popular in the past few years as the injectable botulinum toxin temporarily eliminates wrinkles by freezing muscles in the face. The popular aesthetic procedure has become well known for its excellent and fast results with minimal downtime. If the injectables are done properly, the side effects are nearly non-existent. With all of that, there are still a lot of questions that you would need to be answered before considering getting the procedure. Here is what you need to know before getting botox.
1. Know where your injectables are coming from
Ensure that your doctor is an official vendor for any kind of substance you are having injected, including neurotoxins and fillers such as Botox, Vistabel, Bocouture, Xeoxin, Azzalure, and Dysport. To reduce the risk of getting an expired, contaminated, or potentially dangerous product, some manufacturers’ websites offer a tool to search by zip code for every licensed physician who has obtained their product legally.
2. You get what you pay for
Make sure that you are investing in good products, especially if it is being injected into your body. If the price is questionably low for Botox or filler, it might be that the product is diluted. Another possibility, if you are in the United States, is that your doctor purchased the product from a supplier in a country where government price controls keep pharmaceutical prices substantially lower than those in the U.S. You also risk the chance of unauthorized suppliers compromising the effectiveness and safety of injectables by not storing them at the proper temperature or even offering counterfeit products. You’re usually better off with a doctor who bases his or her fee on how many units of product are used, rather than how many different zones of the face are injected.
3. Blood-thinning meds aren’t the only thing to avoid pre-injection
Most people that have experience with Botox and fillers know to avoid anticoagulants such as aspirin and ibuprofen before treatment. It’s a risk, as those types of drugs hinder blood clotting and increase the risk of bruising should the needle nick a blood vessel. Also, avoid fish oil, multivitamins, green tea, cinnamon, ginger, and red wine a full week before treatment, as some antioxidants can increase the fragility of blood vessels and prevent clotting.
4. A consultation is crucial
Having a consultation before getting the procedure done is important. The doctor performing the injection should have you smile and frown and raise your eyebrows, as they should be carefully evaluating to see how different areas of your face naturally move. You want to look refreshed, as putting injections in the wrong places can make you look expressionless. You should also have a thorough health assessment done prior to getting injections, as certain antibiotics can increase the potency of neurotoxins. Antibiotics, specifically in the aminoglycoside category like gentamicin, can increase the potency of neurotoxins. To avoid any risks, put off any treatments while being treated for antibiotics.
5. Bruises can be undone
There is always a risk that injections could potentially hit a vessel, which can cause blood to pool beneath the skin and cause bruising. Neurotoxins typically require finer needles and are placed more superficially than fillers, but there is still a risk. Some dermatology practices offer a next-day complementary vascular laser treatment, which breaks down pooled blood and can help diminish bruises within 24 hours. If bruising is a concern for you, be sure to ask your doctor whether they offer the service.
6. Not all fillers are created equal
Avoid silicone, as it is the one filler that has the most complications. It is not FDA approved to fill wrinkles in the face. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are malleable and can be absorbed by the body, and will eventually break down over time. Silicone is a synthetic material that can’t be metabolized and can harden over time, which can lead to unevenness and bulges. It is also permanent and will not look the same over time.
7. Be prepared
For several hours after your shots, you will want to avoid doing certain things. Be prepared to avoid putting on makeup, washing your hair, exercising, lying down, or messing with the injected zones, as these activities can cause the toxin to spread to muscles or weaken the injection. It is also advised that you do not fly for several hours after receiving Botox, as the change in cabin pressure could potentially cause the spread of the toxin to other muscles that you do not want to be affected. Prepare for little movement for the next few days.
8. Side effects
Botox given between the brows can cause a temporary sensation of dizziness or headache. This is usually caused by slight swelling in the area from the fluid injected, and should fade away within 10 to 15 minutes.
9. Best results
Preventative Botox is a term used when treating younger patients like those in their twenties or early thirties for expression lines that are visible at rest and during movement. Starting early will prevent the worsening of wrinkles and can sometimes reverse the first peek of lines and wrinkles.
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