What is Botox?
Botox is a wrinkle treatment that causes a mild paralysis in the facial muscles where it’s injected. This mild paralysis means that the muscles can’t keep contracting in the way that created the facial lines. You’ll still be able to move your face after Botox, but it’ll just be more difficult to form wrinkles again.
Where can Botox be injected?
Botox can smooth away lines from areas like the crow’s feet at the edge of the eyes, the vertical lines between the eyes, and the horizontal lines on the forehead. If you suffer from either fine lines or more ingrained lines anywhere on the face, Botox may be the solution.
How long does Botox last?
Botox generally lasts from three to four months in most patients. However, with regular touch-ups, the Botox injections may have more longevity.
How can you prepare for Botox treatment?
You should follow several guidelines in preparation for dermal filler or Botox injections, including:
- Abstaining from alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours pre-treatment
- Avoiding blood thinner medications like aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, or NSAIDS for two weeks prior to treatment
- Avoiding herbal supplements including St. John’s Wort and Omega 3/fish oil for two weeks before treatment
- Discontinuing Retin-A use at least two days prior to treatment
- Eating a full meal prior to treatment, as this can help reduce the chance of being light-headed during the procedure
What should I do to prepare?
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising)
- Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications for a period of 2 weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish oil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve and other NSAIDS have a blood thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.
- Schedule your Dermal Filler and Botox appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event which you may be attending. Temporary bruising and or swelling may be apparent in that time period.
- Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after treatment.
- Reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance if you have a cold sore or rash on your face.
- Be sure to have a good breakfast, including food and drink before your procedure. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.