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Is It Time for BOTOX? 5 Things to Know Before BOTOX6 min read

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BOTOX can seem pretty intimidating to anyone considering getting it for the first time. People tend to misunderstand the effects of BOTOX with all the horror stories circulating around the internet. It’s easy to feel doubtful and hesitant, but having the proper knowledge about this procedure can help you feel more at ease when considering BOTOX as one of your options in targeting those fine lines and wrinkles. 

Of course, before any procedure, there are certain things you need to consider and know before committing to it. So, before you jump the gun and get right into it, there are certain things to know that could be extremely helpful before you get BOTOX.

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a protein that blocks the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon terminals, thereby inhibiting muscle contraction. BOTOX is used in a variety of medical treatments, including reducing wrinkles and treating cervical dystonia and urinary incontinence.

BOTOX is a popular wrinkle-fighting treatment. It is a neurotoxin injected into the facial muscles to relax them and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. BOTOX is often used to treat the ’11’ lines between the eyebrows, the forehead, and around the eyes. Patients can also use it to improve the appearance of a gummy smile. BOTOX is a quick, easy, and relatively painless procedure that can provide significant results!

Before BOTOX Instructions

As a first-timer, BOTOX can seem pretty intimidating. It’s easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of marketing strategies and promotions, which is why managing your expectations and having transparent information about the procedure can help you understand it clearly. So before committing to BOTOX, here are a few things to know before getting started.

BOTOX is Not a Wrinkle Eraser

While BOTOX may help to diminish their appearance, it does not erase wrinkles altogether. The results of BOTOX vary from person to person, and the procedure should not be considered a replacement for other skincare methods, such as moisturizing and sunscreen. BOTOX is actually more of a preventive approach than restorative. So yes, it still targets fine lines and wrinkles, but it doesn’t completely erase wrinkles from your skin. 

What BOTOX actually does is block the nerve signals that trigger the muscles. This contraction is what causes wrinkles to form. By ‘freezing’ these muscles, BOTOX prevents wrinkles from appearing.

This is why BOTOX is also recommended for people in their early 20s since early prevention can be good for your skin in the long run. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get BOTOX if you’re way past your 20s! Even if you’re in your 30s or 40s, BOTOX is a great way to improve your skin’s overall appearance by smoothening existing wrinkles while preventing new ones from forming.

There May Be Some Discomfort

BOTOX can be slightly uncomfortable for a first-timer. However, the pain from injections is usually minimal since Dr. Chang will apply numbing methods to your face before the procedure. It’s also good to know your pain tolerance before the procedure. By doing so, you can easily assess whether you can handle the initial discomfort of BOTOX!

You may also be wondering, What does BOTOX feel like? Will my face be completely immobile? Contrary to popular belief, BOTOX will not make you look expressionless. However, moving your muscles right after the procedure will be challenging. Fortunately, over time, you will regain the normal sensation in your face.

Manage Your Expectations

It’s always great to manage your expectations before committing to any type of procedure. Patience can go a long way with BOTOX! Be patient with the results, and you will experience the results you’ve been dreaming of. 

The results of BOTOX won’t appear immediately after your first treatment. It usually takes up to seven days to see the results of this treatment, which are set to last three to four months. 

Another thing to consider is that BOTOX usually requires multiple sessions. Due to its impermanent state, the results of BOTOX usually wear off, and your wrinkles may re-appear. A successful BOTOX treatment requires a long-term approach rather than a one-time-only procedure. 

It’s also helpful to note that you must refrain from certain activities after getting BOTOX. For example, most patients are required to stay upright during the first few hours of the treatment and avoid exercising right after. This is a general precaution to avoid bruising and swelling on the injection site.

Consultations are Important

We can’t stress enough the importance of finding a qualified surgeon and clinic backed by credentials and the expertise to handle a BOTOX procedure. Numerous specifics go into getting BOTOX done, which is why only expert surgeons have the privilege of conducting safe BOTOX procedures. Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Philip Chang, specializes in BOTOX and takes pride in his years of experience. With our well-trained team of professionals, we ensure that our clients are taken care of! 

Your BOTOX journey starts with a consultation to help us assess your needs and wants after the procedure is done. It also helps us assess which areas of your face should be injected and which are problem areas that you want to address.

Can You Tan before BOTOX?

It is advisable to avoid tanning before BOTOX at least 2-4 weeks before the procedure because of the multiple complications associated with tanning in conjunction with getting BOTOX. One of the complications includes the increase of wrinkles and age spots as an adverse effect of tanning. In addition, tanning can also lead to sunburn, which, paired with other BOTOX-related injuries, could make things worse for your skin. So, as a general rule of thumb, it’s safe to avoid harsh exposure to the sun as preparation for your BOTOX journey!

Can You Drink before BOTOX?

Drinking alcohol before a BOTOX procedure can cause blood thinning, increasing the likelihood of bruising after getting the injections. This is especially applicable to patients that bruise easily. Therefore, to get the best results and avoid complications, it is best not to have any alcohol before getting BOTOX!

Can You Use Retinol before BOTOX?

Another thing to avoid is Retinol and other AHA (i.e., Alpha Hydroxy Acids) skincare products before your BOTOX procedure. It’s advisable to avoid using products containing these ingredients at least two days before your scheduled appointment.

Ready to Start Your BOTOX Journey with Aesthetica and Dr. Chang?

Ready to start your BOTOX journey? Come meet with us at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang or call us at (703) 574-4342 before moving forward with this procedure! Our office at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, proudly serves patients from all across Loudoun County! If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process, from beginning to end! Also, don’t forget to check out our blog and follow our social media for more information on plastic surgery and plastic surgery trends!

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