5 things you should know before Botox.

Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002 and has grown hugely in popularity since then. As a minimally invasive way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and also underarm sweating.

Botox is a simple, non surgical injection used to temporarily reduce or remove crow’s feet near the eyes, fore head creases and thick bands in the neck. Botox is highly effective but there are several things patients should consider before, during and after a Botox procedure.

1. Avoid alcohol, anti – inflammatory drugs and aspirin.

Try to avoid alcohol for two days before treatment so too the use of aspirin or other – anti – inflammatory medications for two weeks prior. This may help in preventing bruising.

2. Have patience.

It takes at least three or four days to see the effect from the injection and can take up to two weeks. And remember that Botox is not permanent it last between three and four months before it’s time for another appointment.

3. Beware of complications.

Patients that are breastfeeding, pregnant or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. If you are unsure ask the treating Doctor.

4. Be aware of the side effects.

Although unusual, minor bruises and temporary headaches are the most common side effects of Botox and are usually short lived. If you are worried after your treatment, contact your doctor.

5. Think long-term.

Botox may not work on all wrinkles and some patients need more than others. Think about what you want from your treatment and if it suits you.  With repeated treatment, wrinkles often appear less severe over time because the muscles are trained to be less active. If you are considering injections you should have a full consultation with your Doctor first to help you plan what is best for you.

Source: Cleveland Clinic