Since gaining FDA-approval in 2002, Botox has grown exponentially in popularity as a minimally invasive way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent underarm sweating. This simple, non-surgical injection is often used to temporarily reduce or eliminate forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. And while effective, there are several things patients should take into consideration before, during and after a Botox procedure:
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1. Avoid alcohol, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs
Avoid alcohol two days before the treatment and do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to injections. This may prevent bruising.
2. Be patient
Remember that it takes three or more days to see an effect. Don’t expect the injection to last forever; the effects of Botox last about three to four months before it’s time for another appointment.
3. Beware of complications
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox.
4. Know the side effects
Minor bruises and temporary headaches are the most common side effects following a procedure, and are usually short lived.
5. Think long-term
With repeated treatment, wrinkles often appear less severe over time because the muscles are trained to be less active. In younger patients, Botox may even prevent minor wrinkles from forming.
Botox may not work for all wrinkles. If you’re considering injections, you should first contact a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for a complete consultation.