When you’ve decided to use a facial treatment like Botox, you want to make sure that you get the best results for your time, money, and effort. Understanding the basics of Botox and following these 5 tips will help increase the great effects and longevity of your Botox treatment.
Botox is primarily used as an aesthetic treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face that are caused by repeated muscle movement like furrowing your brow, frowning, or smiling. Botox is the commercial name for the botulism microbe, which causes food poisoning. This can sound scary, but when Botox is used for cosmetic or medical reasons, the Botox injection is administered in extremely small and safe doses. It has been approved by the FDA for eye wrinkle treatment (crow’s feet) and reduction of frown lines between the eyes.
When injected into the facial muscles, Botox temporarily paralyzes and relaxes the muscles, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and in the forehead. Botox is also used to treat certain medical conditions like migraines, excessive sweating, painful muscle contractions, or overactive bladder.
When used cosmetically, your doctor will use a thin needle to inject small amounts of the botulinum toxin into the face. Usually no anesthetic is necessary, although a cold compress can help relieve any post-treatment discomfort.
The Botox treatment is done in the doctor’s office, only taking about 10 minutes. You can resume your normal activities after the treatment. You should be able to see results within a few days and can expect results to last a few months.
Before you receive your Botox treatment, you should take the time to have a comprehensive consultation with your doctor.
First make sure your doctor knows your goals for Botox results. It is possible that in order to meet your cosmetic goals, you will need additional non-Botox treatments, especially if you have deeper wrinkles. Your doctor may recommend chemical peels, laser treatment, or other injectables like dermal fillers. You and your doctor can create a treatment plan that will set realistic expectations for your Botox treatment.
Before receiving the injections, your doctor should do an evaluation of your unique facial features, taking time to look at the depth of your wrinkles and how your face looks when your facial muscles are flexed and when they are at rest. These evaluations should help your doctor know where to inject the Botox and how much to inject.
Your doctor will recommend do’s and don’ts for post-treatment so that you are gentle with your skin. Don’t do any heavy exercise for a day, keep your head level for a few hours afterward (i.e. don’t bend head forward or lie down). This could cause the Botox to slide under the orbital rim (the bony projection above your eye socket), which would cause drooping in your eyelids. Don’t massage, rub, or apply pressure to the treated area. This could cause extra bruising. Avoid blood-thinning medication, like Aspirin, to reduce the possibility of bruising at the injection sites.
It’s important that you take care of your skin in between Botox treatments. Using a medical grade moisturizer with Vitamins A & C and an SPF will help protect your skin from drying out and suffering the effects of sun exposure. If you are in a colder climate or season, protect your skin from getting chapped by using lotions and creams with shea butter and silicone.
Caring for your whole body will have positive effects on your skin and face, and will help maintain the results you see from your Botox treatment. One way to be good to your skin is to manage stress levels. Stress causes your body to produce more cortisol, which can affect the skin by thinning it out and causing more bruising and discoloration. Stress can also affect your skin by causing inflammation and breakouts. You can manage your stress by exercising, getting adequate sleep, and doing meditation and relaxation techniques.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so what you eat and drink will certainly affect your skin. Research shows that your diet affects your skin’s appearance. Make sure to stay hydrated and have a diet high in these things: Omega 3-fatty acids; anti-oxidants; Vitamins A, C, D and E; probiotics; and lean proteins. You can find many of these nutrients in fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, fermented foods, and lean meats.
Plan on returning for additional Botox treatments every 4-6 months. Botox is not a permanent solution for wrinkles. It is best to schedule your next treatment before the results of the previous treatment wear off. Also, getting multiple treatments can help reduce the formation of new wrinkles, as your facial muscles won’t be able to contract as they once did.
It’s important that you use an experienced and certified dermatologist to administer your Botox treatment. Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area has many such physicians and estheticians who can work with you to create a treatment plan that will give you the best results from your Botox procedure. Contact Vanguard today to set up an appointment for a consultation.