What is Botox?

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It's a safe and effective way to enhance your natural beauty, but before you book your first appointment, there are a few things you should know.

Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It's used to temporarily paralyze muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is a minimally invasive treatment that can be completed in just a few minutes.

How to Prepare for Botox Appointment

Before your Botox appointment, it's important to avoid blood thinners like aspirin and ibuprofen for at least 24 hours. This will reduce the risk of bruising at the injection site. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can increase blood flow and make you more prone to bleeding. Other common supplements to avoid are fish oil, vitamin E, St. John's Wort, garlic, turmeric, chia seeds, Ginkgo biloba, and flaxseed oil. 

It's also a good idea to schedule your appointment at least a week before any important events, as it can take a few days for the full effects of Botox to show.

What to Expect During a Botox Appointment

During your Botox appointment, your provider will clean the injection site and may apply a topical numbing cream if needed. They will then inject small amounts of Botox into specific muscles on your face. The injections can be uncomfortable, but most people find them tolerable.

The entire procedure takes only a few minutes, and you can return to your normal activities immediately afterward. However, it's important to avoid strenuous exercise and lying down for at least four hours after the treatment to prevent the Botox from spreading to other areas of your face.

Possible Side Effects of Botox

While Botox is generally safe, it can have side effects. The most common side effects include bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site. Some people may also experience headaches or flu-like symptoms.

In rare cases, Botox can cause more serious side effects like difficulty breathing, drooping eyelids, or muscle weakness. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Aftercare for Botox

After your Botox appointment, it's important to avoid touching or rubbing the injection site. You should also avoid applying makeup or other skincare products for at least four hours.

It's also a good idea to avoid alcohol and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after your treatment, as these activities can increase your risk of bruising.

To schedule an appointment for Botox, contact us or schedule online