Push aging back with Botox, the injectable fountain of youth. Many Americans are already relying on Botox to keep them looking young and refreshed, with 6.7 million procedures performed in 2014. If you're interested in getting Botox injections for eliminating wrinkles on your face, finding an experienced and reliable plastic surgeon will have a huge influence on the quality of the results you get. You should always book a consultation before you get the injections. During the consultation, here are 3 things you need to pay particular attention to.
The Lighting of the Office
Take note of the type of lighting that is installed in the consultation office the moment that you walk in. If the Botox injections are going to be administered in another room, you should ask to see the room yourself. On top of considering whether the room is comfortable or not, you should primarily focus on whether the office is brightly lit. Some doctors that specialize in Botox injections work out of offices inside spas. The low lighting found in these spas can conceal small veins under the skin. If Botox is injected into the veins, there is a higher chance that you're going to experience some bruising. The injections may also migrate via the veins and affect other muscles or parts of your face.
You should wear no makeup on the day that you are getting the Botox injections. Makeup can easily conceal small veins and prevent them from being detected regardless of how well-lit the doctor's office may be.
The Injection Techniques Recommended
Depending on what your concerns are, different injection techniques will be recommended. During the consultation, you'll want to discuss in detail what you would like the Botox injections to be able to correct. If you're concerned about deep wrinkles or overactive muscles that may be affecting your facial expressions, most doctors will recommend getting Botox injected directly into certain muscles.
On the other hand, if you are more concerned about fine lines and enlarged pores, your doctor might recommend making more injections that only breach the most superficial layers of your skin. The area of the face where Botox is needed will also affect how deep the injections need to go. For example, if you are interested in getting Botox injections to get rid of fine lines around the eyes and crow's feet, you'll want to get superficial injections. Not only will these injections be more effective, but they will also reduce your risk of bruising. The specific techniques that are recommended should also be discussed for you to determine whether you'd be comfortable with the procedure.
The Recommended Dosage
More is not necessarily more effective or better. Depending on your age, the condition of your skin and muscles and the type of concerns that you have, a smaller dosage may actually be better for you. During the consultation, your doctor should give you specifics on the dosage they recommend, along with the amount of injections you'll likely need to get the results that you need. They should follow up this information with how much your final bill should be.
If you're not comfortable with getting a high dosage to start off, let your doctor know and see how they respond. A good doctor will take your concerns into consideration and work around what you're comfortable with.
The initial consultation that you have with each doctor can give you a lot of insight as to how well your overall experience may be. It's important that you take advantage of the free consultations that the doctors around you offer in order to find a specialist that you feel comfortable with.