What Do You Need To Know About Botox: 4 Steps To Follow
Is this your first experience with Botox? If you're not sure what to expect before, during, or after your appointment, take a look at everything you need to know about using this popular injectable.
Schedule A Consultation
A consultation with your dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or other licensed, qualified medical provider is the first step. Even though you may already have expectations for this injectable, it's still important to start with a discussion. Your injectable provider can review the approved uses of botulinum toxin type A, the injection process, and the results that you can realistically expect. You can also use this pre-injection appointment to ask questions or review before/after photos of other clients.
Forget About Special Prep
Unlike surgical procedures, botulinum injections won't require you to prepare for your treatment appointment. This means you can eat as you normally would, go to work or school the day of your appointment, or keep your normal daily activity schedule as-is.
While you won't need special pre-visit prep steps, your doctor may want you to avoid certain medications that could cause or increase bleeding/bruising. If you regularly take medications (over-the-counter, prescription, or natural/supplements), tell your doctor before the procedure.
Expect A Short Visit
Botox injections won't take long. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), most injections take about 15 minutes or less. If you have concerns about discomfort during the procedure, your provider may suggest a topical numbing cream. The application of this cream could add a few extra minutes to your total appointment time.
If you want to treat multiple areas of your face, have some types of trouble spots, or have deeper wrinkles, your appointment could take longer. The ASPS notes that crow's feet could require only two to three injections, while forehead furrows may need five-plus to treat. Talk to your provider about how many injections you will need and how this will impact your appointment time before your visit.
Go On With Your Day
Most people can return to their normal daily activities immediately after their injection appointment. This means you can return to work, care for your children, go to lunch, or spend time with friends right away. But if you have a job that requires heavy manual labor, you will do anything that puts pressure on your face (such as diving into a pool), or engage in strenuous exercise, you will need to wait until the next day before you resume these activities.