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Once you’ve decided that BOTOX® Cosmetic is the right way for you to achieve a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing look, only one question remains: How can I prepare myself for a Botox treatment? The answer is simple; as treatments are relatively quick and uncomplicated, the best way to prepare for Botox is to inform yourself on what the procedure entails. Knowing what to expect is the best way to insure your comfort and success as you prepare to use Botox to eliminate unsightly wrinkles or for one of its many other uses.
Botox Preparation: Before Your Appointment Day
The first step in the process of getting ready for your Botox treatments is finding the right provider. A great way to do this is to set up a free consult with a perspective Botox specialist before your treatment. The process of getting acclimated with your specialist will likely include filling out patient information and other forms, meeting the person who will be administering your Botox treatment, and discussing your specific expectations about and the cost of your intended procedures. You may also want to prepare by bringing some questions for your specialist with you to the consult. To get the most of your visit, you may consider asking:
- Are you licensed to administer Botox?
- How often do you perform Botox treatments?
- Is this the best procedure for what I want accomplished?
- What procedures might complement these Botox treatments?
- Are there any promotions going on now or in the near future that could benefit me?
- Will you walk me through what the procedure day will look like?
If you feel it’s a good fit, you may set up an appointment for your procedures, sometimes as early as that very day.
Botox Preparation: Being Prepared for Different Results
Although Botox is a simple, safe, and quick procedure, it is important that, in preparing yourself for your Botox treatments, you have considered and prepared for all the possible results. There is a small list of potential risks and complications involved with Botox and Botox alternatives like Xeomin. Prepare for the possibility of temporary pain, headache, or nausea by having an over the counter painkiller on hand. You may even wish to take this before the procedure in order to prevent these potential discomforts. Although pain is rare and typically mild and short-lived, it may help you feel more comfortable to be ready for it. Slight redness or bruising at the injection sight is even less common than discomfort, but you may still want to have a plan of attack in case you do experience either side-effect. Especially if you have sensitive skin, you can prepare by having an ice pack handy (it may help to ice before and after your Botox treatment), investing in some pancake makeup (an especially thick foundation), or planning your schedule to avoid being forced to explain any temporary bruising or redness. Even though preparing helps alleviate pre-Botox jitters and relieves chaos if side-effects do occur, remember Botox is considered one of the safest injectables on the market, and for many, the benefits far outweigh the potential risks.
Botox Preparation: What to Expect
The day of the procedure is very straightforward, and the best way to prepare is solely to know what to expect. Likely, once with your doctor, nurse, or certified staff member, you will be asked to sit in a reclining, dentist-like chair. Knowing what you are trying to accomplish, the person administering your Botox treatment will likely ask you to contract specific muscles, then he or she will mark the injection locations. You will not be administered an anesthetic for this procedure, but before your treatment, your specialist may numb the injection site slightly. The procedure will likely take around 10 minutes and you can return to daily activities shortly afterwards. Although there are not many restrictions after your treatment, there are some after-Botox tips you may want to consider.
In order to be completely prepared for your Botox needs, you should speak specifically with a specialist about what to expect. We can help you schedule a free consultation with a leading provider near you if you contact us at (877)575-8331.