Things to Consider Before Getting Botox
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures since the late 20s.
It seems harmless enough, a little needle injects botulinum toxin into your problem areas eliminating wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in your face. It’s quick, and if done correctly, has little to no downtime.
Even though it’s a very common procedure, it should still require research before getting it done. At the end of the day, it’s still a cosmetic procedure and needs to be taken seriously. Here are the things you should know before getting botox.
First things first, what is botox?
Botox is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same type of toxin that can be found in botulism, which causes food poisoning. However, doctors use it in small, healthy, doses to temporarily smooth wrinkles and improve the overall appearance.
Before doing anything, schedule a consultation.
Consultations are critical. In your consultation, the doctor should have you smile, frown, and move different areas of your face to determine how much botox you need and where. This is also a great time to ask questions and have any concerns addressed. At the end of the consultation, you can decide if you want to move forward with this doctor or maybe find another one.
Don’t take THIS a week before getting the procedure done.
As a precaution, it’s recommended that you don’t take any blood thinners (fish oil, red wine, ginger, cinnamon) before getting the treatment. It’s been shown that people who do consume these things experience more bruising.
After getting Botox, you should avoid exercising, getting massages, or facials for the next 24 hours. You may resume your normal workout routine after a full day's rest.
Depending on how fast your body's metabolism is, botox can last anywhere from three to four months.