In this article, we are going to be tackling what you need to know before your first Botox injection. We will also answer some of the most common questions regarding Botox. And for those who are afraid of needles, we are also sharing some information about how you can fix wrinkles and saggy skin without having to get any injections.
What to expect before your first Botox injection
Botox is a popular and safe option for treating wrinkles. However, the way the procedure gets depicted in movies and tv shows can make people a little bit skeptical.
People are shown with overly frozen faces and overdramatized appearances, and nobody wants that!
When done by an expert and competent doctor, botox injections should look as normal as possible. If you've been wondering why your favorite movie stars in their 40's and 50's look timeless, chances are they've done a little bit of fix here and there.
And yes, Botox is usually the hero.
If you will decide to get this treatment yourself, you want to make sure you are going to a legitimate doctors office or clinic who are experts in this field.
Beware of enticing pop-up offers and overly cheap fees on the internet. Chances are, these are unreliable and could be a culprit to many botched botox treatments.
Talk to your medical practitioner about the results you are hoping to see and understand the process fully before committing. Talking about the type of movement you want to see post procedure is helpful and can prevent you from receiving that frozen look.
Results and processes are different for everyone, which we will discuss in detail further down below.
You will want to plan accordingly before your first procedure. While anesthesia isn’t involved, and you'll only have a few marks after, there are some things you’ll want to be prepared for ahead of time. You may even want to have a close friend or family member nearby for support.
To avoid bruising after your injection, you’ll want to stay away from items that can thin your blood, such as alcohol, ibuprofen, aspirin and fish oil at least a week before your procedure.
If you are taking any medications, it is best to inform your medical practitioner so that they are aware of what medicines to discontinue prior to, during, and after your procedure.
Worried about the pain factor? Most say that it feels like a mild burning sensation. If you are super concerned about the pain ahead of time, you can ask for a topical numbing cream that can be applied about 20 minutes before the injection.
How exactly does Botox work?
The short answer is that Botox temporarily poisons the muscles which make them stop working. Because of the paralysis, wrinkles will relax and soften. Due to the results, Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure performed to fix wrinkles and fine facial lines.
While this procedure sounds miraculous, it only works on wrinkles due to natural causes, like the wrinkles developed from frowning, smiling and laughing. Any wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity will not respond well to this treatment.