Ah, Botox – the toxin of promised youth (and many other medical benefits).
If you are considering getting a Botox procedure to reduce fine lines or even headaches, you are not the only one. Around 1.5 million Botox injections were carried out in 2018, and while there has been a pandemic pause, this number is suspected to continue to rise.
Much like with any cosmetic procedure, it is good to research and understand what is involved with getting Botox. While this is a practice that is carried out daily and is extremely safe when used in the right hands, there are some factors you should know before you get Botox.
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Understand Where Your Injectables Are From
While it would be great to walk into a clinic and trust the ‘professionals’, realistically, we live in a world where it is better to be safe than sorry.
You will want the medical professional who is giving you the treatment to be licensed, but it is crucial they also have a licensed and verified substance. You do not want to be injecting any old substance into your face – far from it – and making sure the substance being used is from a recognized and trusted manufacture should be non-negotiable. Be sure to do your research on Botox cosmetic treatments and where you are having the procedure.
You Should Avoid These Prior to Botox
To make sure the procedure goes as smoothly as possible and is safe to do, there are a few things you need to be aware of before going to your appointment.
If you take blood-thinning medication, this can cause significant bruising from the treatment and slower healing. While this does not necessarily mean you cannot have the procedure, the doctor or nurse administrating the Botox should know about it. Aspirin and ibuprofen can have similar effects, too, so that should be taken into consideration if you use them regularly, and do not forget to avoid alcohol and something as simple as certain vitamins, which can prevent your blood from clotting! If you aren’t sure, ask your doctor.
Common Side Effects of Botox
Bruising and swelling are common whether you have taken anything that could thin your blood or not. It is just part and parcel. Another side effect to consider is headaches or temporary paralysis that can happen. Droopy or tearful eyes can also occur if the treatment has been around that area, but all of these symptoms should disappear relatively soon after the procedure.
Do Not Skip a Consultation
As with many medical and cosmetic procedures, a consultation is extremely important to ensure that the procedure is right for you and that you are right for the procedure. A professional doctor or nurse will allow you to ask any questions or help you understand any risks or concerns you may have and be honest in whether a Botox treatment procedure will benefit you or not, depending on what you envision the outcome to be.