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How to Prepare for a Botox Treatment

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How to Prepare for a Botox Treatment

There’s no shortage of physicians in Seattle that offer Botox treatment, but if you’re new to this revolutionary wrinkle-reduction method, there are a few things you need to know about what to expect when getting Botox for the first time. Making sure you’re prepared ahead of time will set you up for success down the road, and you’ll be much more likely to be happy with the results. Read on to find out more.

Choosing a Physician/Questions to Ask About Botox

Prior to scheduling a Botox treatment, it’s important to choose a physician who is experienced in the procedure. Set up a free consultation with a Botox specialist (usually a dermatologist) to discuss whether or not Botox is right for you. Be sure to ask lots of questions, such as:

  1. Are you licensed to administer Botox?
  2. How many Botox procedures have you performed?
  3. Am I a good candidate for Botox?
  4. What type of results can I expect?
  5. What are the side effects and adverse reactions?
  6. What can I expect before, during, and after the procedure?
  7. How much does Botox cost and are there any promotions available?

What to Expect Before Botox Treatment

Once you choose a physician, he or she will likely discuss your medical history in detail and conduct a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for Botox treatment. There are certain conditions for which you should not take Botox, such as if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients; have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product; have a skin infection at the planned injection site; have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease]; have swallowing or bleeding problems; have plans to get surgery; or a number of other factors.

Your physician will likely ask you about your medication use and your expectations for the treatment, and should also cover the costs of the procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of Botox treatment is approximately $400. However, check with your Seattle Botox treatment provider, because pricing may vary across markets.

If you’re considering Botox for excessive underarm sweating, your doctor may ask you to shave your underarms, avoid deodorant use for 24 hours before treatment, and avoid foods or activities that make you sweat more (such as spicy foods) 30 minutes before the procedure.

What to Expect During Botox Treatment

The best way to prepare yourself for the day of the procedure is to know what to expect, and you can do this by making sure you consult with your physician beforehand. While it can be nerve-racking if you’re getting the procedure done for the first time, it’s important to remember that Botox is a safe and effective drug that is FDA-approved and has been on the market for many years.

Your physician may decide to numb the area where you’ll receive the injection. This is a relatively painless procedure, but may be uncomfortable if you have a fear of needles.

He or she will then mark the areas that will be injected and use a thin needle to inject small amounts of Botox into your skin or muscles. If you’re getting a Botox treatment for facial wrinkles or other conditions, your doctor will inject Botox directly into those specific spots. If you’re getting a Botox treatment for excessive underarm sweating, your doctor will inject Botox into the areas under your arms.

The number of injections you will need depends on several things, including the condition of the area receiving the injections.

The actual injections only take between 10 and 15 minutes and are usually done right in your physician’s office.

What to Expect After Botox Treatment

Botox treatments are fast and require very little recovery time. However, there are some side effects that you may encounter. It’s perfectly normal to experience mild pain or rashes after your Botox treatment; however, the majority of people find the discomfort to be minor. Just to be safe and prepared, plan on having a mild painkiller, an ice pack, and some make up with you to cover any temporary blemishes or red spots.

You can expect to resume your normal day right after your Botox treatment, which is one of the biggest benefits of the procedure. If you’re in the market for a Seattle Botox treatment, making sure you’re prepared will help set you up for a speedy recovery, so you can enjoy your new look immediately!

For more information on Botox treatment, contact Island Dermatology today.

 

References:

http://www.botoxforum.com/articles/botox-preparation/42

http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/FAQs.aspx

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/botox/MY00078/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect