Botox® is a fantastic way to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, restoring your youthful appearance without surgery. While you’ll be in good hands with a skilled dermatologist, you do hold some responsibility in getting the best results. Here’s how you can maximize the wrinkle reduction potential of Botox.
When finding treatment for your wrinkles, make sure you’re visiting an establishment you can trust to be hygienic, be courteous, and keep your health in mind over anything else.
Botox has been around for years now, and that means some less-than-professional people have access to it, and offer treatment. However, you should only get Botox injections from a professional dermatologist.
The reasons for this are mostly self-evident, but it’s important to explain the reasoning for this tip. Botox is FDA-approved, but it’s still an injection in your face. A dermatologist will have performed this treatment countless times, and a doctor’s office is a meticulously cleaned place. In the hands of a medical professional, infection risk is very low.
That’s not always the case in beauty spas that aren’t held up to the same standard as medical offices. Additionally, your dermatologist will have your health in mind over making a sale. A doctor with your best interest in mind might suggest alternatives if Botox could cause you health problems.
Saying goodbye to wrinkles is a great feeling, and you might be pretty excited at the prospect of Botox. But your dermatologist is going to ask you some questions and review your medical history before administering the injection.
These questions are for a very good reason, as, like anything we put into our bodies, Botox does pose risks for some people. Botox is not advisable for women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s one of the first things a dermatologist will ask you when you are considering treatment. Botox could cause adverse effects on pregnancy, and data on its interactions with breastfeeding are limited. As such, your dermatologist will not give you Botox if you’re pregnant, as waiting is the only way to guarantee you and your baby’s health.
Your dermatologist will also ask about some of your health conditions before recommending Botox. Certain neurological diseases are contraindications for Botox injections. This means that Botox could cause major health problems if you have a condition like myasthenia gravis. This condition causes muscular weakness, and may interact very negatively with Botox, which acts to temporarily inhibit nerve impulses to facial muscles.
Additionally, if you have had allergic reactions to Botox in the past, Botox is not for you. Botox uses OnabotulinumtoxinA to treat wrinkles. As its name suggests, OnabotulinumtoxinA is a toxin. This is usually fine in the body when administered properly, but a previous allergy indicates a person’s intolerance of this toxin. If you’ve had bad reactions to other botulinum toxin products like Dysport or Xeomin, Botox is not a good idea.
If you take medications that include blood thinners, Botox injections are far more likely to cause bruising in the treatment area. Coumadin is a common blood thinner, but other common drugs also have blood-thinning properties. These drugs include aspirin, motrin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. You should not take any of these drugs for about a week leading up to your treatment.
Other foods and vitamins you consume contain blood-thinning or anticoagulating substances. Common anticoagulants include red wine, cinnamon, fish oil, multivitamins, green tea, and ginger. During your consultation your dermatologist may have even more things to avoid, and you should listen! While Botox doesn’t have a lot of possible side effects, bruising is among the most common.
Botox works better on younger skin. That’s not to say it won’t work on deep wrinkles, but fine lines and shallow dynamic wrinkles are easier to treat, and results can last longer on these less intense conditions. If you don’t have dynamic wrinkles, you don’t need Botox.
Botox won’t prevent wrinkles from forming, but it can help keep some at bay if you get treatment as your skin first starts to develop lines. Expect and plan on getting Botox injections every four to six months to maintain the results you desire. If you go into this process expecting permanent results, you will be disappointed. Botox isn’t a magic trick, but it works well for a considerable time, and repeated treatments are totally fine.
Botox is an excellent way to stave off dynamic wrinkles on your face. If you’re interested in Botox, follow these best practices and let a Northeast Dermatology Associates dermatologist do the rest.