• 09 May 2016

So you have finally decided to get Botox treatment for your wrinkles. Perhaps your friend has enticed you because her treatment produced excellent results. Perhaps you are following the footsteps of your favorite celebrity.

Or maybe, you simply want to erase the signs of aging that are slowly creeping onto your face.

Whatever your reason for getting Botox is, what is important is that you prepare for the procedure accordingly. It is not as simple as going to your cosmetic surgeon’s clinic, receiving Botox injections, and then getting on with your normal life. There are some things that you need to do—and some that you have to avoid—before and after the procedure.

Here are 10 of the do’s and don’ts that you need to remember when getting a Miami Botox.

DO know everything you can about Botox

botox miami 21489371In any type of cosmetic surgery that you do, it is absolutely important to know everything that you can about the procedure for your own peace of mind. This will allow you to know whether Botox is the right treatment for you or not.

For example, there are instances in which fillers would work better for you than Botox, but you will not know this if you have no idea how both procedures work.

Learning as much as you can about Botox can also give you realistic expectations on your results, saving you from unnecessary disappointment.

DO find the right cosmetic surgeon

Remember all those horror stories that you have seen of Botox injections gone wrong? If you do not want that to happen to you, then finding the right cosmetic surgeon is a must.

Choosing a board-certified and experienced surgeon is very important, even if it is just as simple as a Botox treatment. The results of your Botox treatment will largely depend on the skills and techniques of the injector, so do not forget to do your homework and find a doctor who specializes in facial anatomy and has ample successful experience in administering Botox injections over several years.

To make it easier for you, we have come up with a short checklist of questions that you should ask your surgeon before a Botox.
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DO ask questions

Before your initial consultation with your doctor, make a list of questions that you want to ask him regarding your Miami Botox treatment. Ask about what to expect after Botox, how long before Botox works, and how much does it cost. Do not forget to clarify side effects, risks, and possible complications.

Aside from the general questions, you can also ask specific ones like what should you do if you are not happy with the results and if he is going to give you an additional touch-up for free. This will dispel misunderstandings and allow you to know everything about the procedure that you are about to undergo.

DO follow your treatment schedule

After your Miami Botox, your cosmetic surgeon will work out a treatment schedule for you. Even if it is just a minimally invasive procedure, you still need to follow certain restrictions during your short recovery period.

Also, keep in mind that the effects of Botox usually last for just three to four months, so you need to come in for your follow-up injections on time to help you look your best.

DO call your doctor if you experience side effects or complications

Though Botox is a relatively safe procedure, there are still some side effects and possible complications that you need to be aware of.

One of the most common side effects is bruising or swelling in the areas where the Miami Botox injections have been administered. You may even experience a headache and flu-like symptoms. Remember that these are normal side effects, but they can also be a cause of alarm if they become more severe and fail to in due time.

What is more alarming are the signs that the toxin must have been injected incorrectly. If you experience drooping eyelids, off-center eyebrows, or a crooked smile, call your physician and report these problems.

DON'T take certain medications

At least a week before you undergo Botox injections, you doctor will ask you to stop taking certain medications and substances that could exacerbate any post-Botox bruising. Some of these drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen, excedrin, and any vitamin E supplements.

You also need to avoid alcohol, St. John’s Wart, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng because these can also thin the blood. If you need to take any pain medication, Tylenol will not interfere with your Miami Botox.

DON'T touch your skin after treatment

Facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and other similar treatments are not allowed right after you get your Botox injections. These procedures could interfere with the healing process, hence washing off the results of your Botox treatment. Avoiding these treatments for at least 24 hours after getting Botox will do.

You should also avoid touching, rubbing, and massaging the areas where Botox was injected. It could make your Botox injections spread to unintended muscles, hence limiting their movement as well.

DON'T do strenuous physical activity

One of the common questions that Botox patients have is can you exercise after Botox. While the recovery time is short for minimally invasive procedures like Miami Botox, you should still refrain from doing workouts and other strenuous activities for at least four hours after Botox. Ideally, you should resume these exercises 24 hours later. These include activities where your head is below your heart, such as stretching in yoga class or simply bending over.

The reason why exercise after Botox is prohibited is because it takes time for the injected proteins to diffuse into the treated muscles. Exercising vigorously can cause the product to metabolize before it had time to fully diffuse, hence making your Botox treatment less effective.

It is also possible for the Botox proteins to migrate to other areas if you bend over and put your head below your heart. If you experience bruising, exercise after Botox can make things worse.

DON'T ask for touch-ups right away

Sometimes, patients are not satisfied with the results of their Botox treatments. The good news is, your cosmetic surgeon can correct them according to your desires although you have to wait for at least 14 days before you have any corrective injections done. This is to make sure that you have allowed the treatment to set in, as it often takes two weeks to achieve your desired effect.

If you want to have repeat treatments done, you have to wait for at least three months when the effect has worn off or is starting to wear off.

DON'T overdo it

Once you experience the results of Botox, it might be tempting to ask your cosmetic surgeon to apply it to even the minutest lines on your face. But that should not be the case, because in Botox, a little goes a long way. Injecting too much of it and you might not be able to move the muscles on your face. Keep in mind that the most natural-looking results come from just the right amount of Botox.

Following these do’s’ and don’ts for Botox procedures will help make sure that you get the natural-looking results that you want, minus the complications commonly associated with Miami Botox.