There is a good chance that you know someone who has had Botox performed on them. The treatment is extremely common and has been widely used since the late 1980’s. But many people are still resistant to the treatment, primarily due to misunderstandings or misconceptions about how the procedure works.
In this post, we will outline the basics of Botox injections so that you can know what to expect, should you be interested in having the procedure performed on you.
What is Botox?
Botox is made up of a protein that is taken from a bacterium known as Clostridium Botulinum. Through many years of research, it was found that when Botox is injected into an area of the body, it creates a disconnect between the muscles and nerves in that area. This disconnect causes the muscles to relax, which then leads to a reduction in wrinkles and an overall more youthful appearance.
Apart from its pure cosmetic application, Botox can also be used in the treatment of a variety of conditions such as hyperhidrosis (sweating excessively in an area of the body), TMJ and other issues such as certain types of headaches.
How Should I Prepare Before My Botox Treatment?
You’ll receive instructions on any specific steps that your dermatologist wants you to take prior to your procedure. However, some general things to avoid for the 3 days leading up to your procedure include:
- Supplements or foods containing Omega 3, Vitamin E, and ginger.
- Alcohol and Green Tea.
The avoidance of the above substances will go a long way in reducing the risk of developing bruises after the procedure.
What Should I Keep in Mind on the Day of My Botox Treatment?
When the day of your treatment arrives, you’ll want to ensure that you are relaxed and informed. Make sure that you ask questions of your dermatologist and his or her support staff so that you know exactly what is expected of you and what will happen during the treatment.
The treatment lasts roughly 15 minutes and is almost completely pain-free. Your doctor may apply a soothing cream before the procedure that will reduce the pain and further lower the risk of bruising.
After the procedure is over, you’ll receive your instructions for follow up appointments and any steps you should take over the next few days.
What Steps Should I Take After the Procedure?
For a few hours following the procedure, you’ll want to avoid any strenuous exercise and letting your head drop below your waist. Outside of those two considerations, ask a botox dermatologist if he or she has any other specific actions that you should take.
The treatment typically lasts for up to 6 months; for some people it is slightly longer and for others it is slightly shorter. This will depend on a number of factors which are outside of your control such as the elasticity of your skin and the area in which you receive treatment.
If you have questions or want to set up a Botox appointment, call a qualified dermatologist today. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.