In this blog you'll find a checklist for the things you should and shouldn't do before you get Botox, during a Botox treatment, and after you get Botox injections so you can get the absolute best results. For more information on Botox, visit us for Botox in Fort Worth, send us an email or call us at (817) 484-0300 to request your free consultation!
What to do BEFORE Botox
Here are steps you should take to prepare for a Botox treatment so you ensure a good experience:
- Be transparent with your practitioner - For your safety, tell your Botox practitioner as much about your medical history as possible so he/she can determine whether you are a good candidate to receive cosmetic Botox. Tell your doctor: What medication you are taking, what allergies you have, If you have any medical conditions, illnesses, or diseases, and anything else you can think of.
- Be on the same page as your practitioner - Make sure both you and your physician are clear about what facial areas you want to treat, how you ideally want them to be fixed, and what the ideal final result may be. Different people have different aesthetics. For instance, if the "frozen face" look is your practitioner's definition of successful Botox but you disagree, you better make sure both of you are aiming for the same target or you'll end up with a result your practitioner thinks is beautiful but you think is horrific.
- Have realistic expectations about what Botox can do - Botox results can be drastically good, but your post-Botox results may not be as perfect as you expect them to be. Having realistic expectations about your results will save you from unnecessary disappointment.
- Stop taking medication that can thin the blood - A week before you get Botox injections, stop taking: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Exedrin, St. John's Wart, Vitamin E, Fish oil or Omega-3s, Ginko Bilboa, and Ginseng. This will minimize any potential post-Botox bruising. If you have to take pain medication, Tylenol is okay. Also, avoid drinking alcohol a few days before you get Botox.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Make a list of questions you want to ask your physician and bring it with you to your Botox consultation. That way you won't forget what you want to ask. Ask how much the treatment will cost, how many units of Botox you will need, how long the he/she has been giving Botox injections, etc. Ask about side effects, risks, and how you should take care of your skin after Botox and how often someone with your skin condition should get Botox.
What to do DURING Botox
What you do during Botox is not as important as what you do before and after Botox, but here are some things you should keep in mind for a good treatment session:
- Go au naturel - Your skin will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic before you get Botox, so feel free to show up to your appointment with nothing on your skin. If you wear makeup, they will take it off anyway.
- Stay still but pay attention - If you are afraid of needles, don't make yourself writhe with discomfort by thinking about them. Set your mind on something random, like monkeys juggling pineapples. The Botox will be over before you know it. Stay still but pay attention and follow your practitioner's instructions. He/she will tell you to smile, relax, frown, etc. during the injection process.
- Use an ice pack - Ice before, during, and after Botox can help reduce any potential signs of bruising.
What to do AFTER Botox
What you do after Botox and how you take care of your skin is very important. Here are some things you should and shouldn't do after getting Botox injections:
- Don't touch your the injection site
- Avoid strenuous physical activity
- Avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol
- Avoid getting facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc. for 24 hours.
- topical vitamin K and arnica can help bruises
Taking these measure before, during, and after Botox will help you get both a better experience and better results. For more information, visit our Botox service page, send us an email or call us at (817) 484-0300 to request your free consultation!
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