Botox and other non-invasive cosmetic treatments are becoming increasingly popular for good reason – they work. And, not only do they work, but the results – provided treatments are administered by a qualified and reputed professional – are highly corrective, and are achieved without surgery or recovery time.
As such, it’s no wonder that you may very well have decided that a Botox treatment is right for you – especially since the effects are non-permanent, which means that it’s perfectly safe to experiment with one or two procedures before you commit to a longer-term plan.
But how should you prepare for your first Botox treatment? What are the questions you should be asking yourself, and what can you expect from the procedure?
These are all natural questions for first-timers, and so we’ve put together this guide to help you through the process of preparing yourself – both mentally and physically – for your first Botox treatment.
How to Prepare for Your First Botox Treatment
It’s important for us that all patients are completely aware of what Botox is and what its effects are.
Botox is in fact a brand name. It is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The “Botox” brand name is actually formed from the name of the drug produced from this bacterium – botulinum toxin.
Botulinum toxin was actually first used – and still is – medically as a treatment for certain muscular conditions. Now it is also used cosmetically to combat the formation of wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles.
You can read more about the drug and its history here, and we encourage you to do so whether in fact it is your first time or not, for the better informed patients are, the better they can be prepared.
Choosing the Right Provider
There are far too many “cosmetic cowboys” out there today, masquerading as professionals when they are nothing of the sort. There are also a worrying number of YouTubers professing the virtues of self-injecting treatments. We cannot emphasise strongly enough the dangers of either performing treatments yourself or by opting for an unqualified provider for the sake of saving a few pounds, and we refer you to our previous post ‘The Real Cost of Cheap Botox and Fillers’ so you can see the dangers for yourself.
Botox is safe to use, but only in the hands of a professional.
Prior to booking an appointment for your actual treatment, it is essential that you go along to a consultation with your practitioner, where you can raise any concerns that you may have, probe to see his/her credentials, and of course discuss which treatments are right for you. Only when you feel in complete trust of the practitioner should you proceed with treatment.
Preparing for Your Botox Treatment
Once you have educated yourself on Botox, have had your consultation and are booked in for your first appointment, the time will soon come where you will need to prepare for treatment.
One of the best things about Botox is in fact that no true preparation is actually needed. However, that being said, there are certain things that you can do to minimise any risk of some slight swelling that may sometimes arise after the injections.
First thing’s first. Avoid aspirin, as this thins the blood and can sometimes make for swelling that may otherwise not have occurred. Also avoid alcohol – even the night before. Save your drink for the day after your treatment, which will allow the Botox to settle and should not affect the results.
If you are on any medication that does thin the blood, you should not avoid taking it for the sake of your Botox treatment. Just expect a little extra swelling and rest assured that it will subside relatively quickly. Smokers should also be prepared for a little extra swelling.
Have Your Make-up to Hand
Not all, but some people do experience a little redness forming around the treatment area. Botox is of course a quick procedure – about 45 minutes is the longest you would expect any single treatment to take, though typically it will be under 30 minutes – and so it is often the case that people book themselves in during their normal day and go back to work once it’s finished.
This is fine – the zero downtime associated with Botox is one of its most attractive elements. But, just in case, have a little foundation to hand in case any redness or swelling does form.
Will it Be Painful?
All injections, of course, penetrate the skin, and so a very small scratch can be expected to be felt by the patient.
This is minimal. And in fact patients are far more likely to experience a little discomfort than actual pain.
What to Expect on the Day
Botox procedures are very straightforward. Upon entering the treatment room, you will sit down in a chair much like you would find at the dentist. Your practitioner will be aware of what you are trying to accomplish, and so will sometimes ask you to contract certain muscles on your face, so he/she can mark the locations for the injections.
You will not be administered any anaesthetic, however, some practitioners do sometimes numb the areas very slightly.
You will then receive the treatment, which will typically take between 15 and 30 minutes. And once it’s done it’s done! That’s it. You can go about and enjoy the rest of your day.
You will start to see results within a matter of days, but usually the optimum result should be visible within two weeks.
It’s all simple enough, isn’t it? If you have any more questions about what to expect from your Botox treatment then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, and we will answer any questions or concerns that you may have.