Summary: A household name and an integral part of many people’s skin care regimen, BOTOX® is enjoyed by men and women across the country for its ability to dramatically reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and offer a rejuvenated, freshened look. To get the best results from this injectable wrinkle treatment, it’s important to know several things in advance of your appointment.
1. Dynamic Wrinkles vs. Static Wrinkles
Although BOTOX® can be highly effective in softening the dynamic expression lines of the upper face, it is not a wrinkle cure-all. Dynamic lines appear when we make facial expressions, as a result of muscle contractions that move the skin around our face. When the face is at rest, dynamic expression lines are not visible. Habitual expressions can cause dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead wrinkles to form. BOTOX® temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that contribute to these wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
Static lines, such as wrinkles that form around the corners of the mouth, nasolabial lines or marionette lines, do not disappear when the face is at rest. They are a different type of wrinkle, caused by loss of facial volume that occurs over time. BOTOX® cannot treat static wrinkles, but dermal fillers can be effective in minimizing these more permanent lines.
2. Experience Is Key
BOTOX® only continues to grow in popularity. As a result, there is no shortage of practitioners and facilities offering the service. However it’s important to understand that BOTOX® needs to be administered by an experienced, trained technician. There’s both an art and a subtlety to injectable wrinkle treatment. A skilled practitioner will know how much BOTOX® to administer and where on the face to inject it for optimum results. Good BOTOX® results depend on the skill and technique of the injector. When it comes to BOTOX® treatment, ensure you’re in the right hands.
3. Share Your Expectations
It’s up to you to communicate what you want your outcome to look like. As skilled as a technician may be, he or she is not able to read your mind. Because there’s a wide degree of variance between the results people seek when getting BOTOX® injections, you’re best off by bringing in photos (perhaps of yourself 10 years younger) to show what you’d like your final results to look like. This gives the practitioner a clear idea of how to achieve your goal.
4. Plan Ahead for Big Events
If you’re planning BOTOX® in advance of a big event, schedule your injection six weeks in advance. Immediately following treatment, it’s not uncommon for some bruising and swelling to occur. Additionally, the injectable can take several weeks to settle and reveal its full effect. To be on the safe side, give your face time to recover from the treatment and relax into the final results before your special event.
5. Fish Oil and Other Supplements
People who take fish oils should discontinue their use two weeks before a scheduled BOTOX® appointment. This is because fish oil can increase the risk of bruising. In fact, any supplement or medication that can increase bleeding or bruising should be discontinued prior to BOTOX® treatment, including vitamin E supplements as well as some herbal preparations. Be sure to read the label of any supplements you take to find out their effects. If you’re uncertain about a supplement or medication’s possible side effects, consult with your doctor.