Over the years there have been all kinds of beauty trends and advances. Botox is something that has been around since the 1970s, though it was originally used for medical purposes. It wasn’t until 1996 that Botox was first used for cosmetic reasons. Rather than settling for mediocre results that are achieved by way of topical treatments, Botox can target deep underneath the surface of the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’re considering getting Botox for the first time, you likely have a lot of questions that may be holding you back from scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. There are a lot of topics that re commonly inquired about at a consultation, but we want to provide you with five different things that you should know before you get Botox.

You Can Get Botox at Any Age

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to start an anti-aging skincare routine as early on in life as you possibly can. It’s a lot easier to prevent wrinkles and fine lines than it is to get rid of ones that have already developed. However, you don’t have to feel like you can’t utilize Botox just because you’re older and you already have some signs of aging on your face and neck. These injections work preventively, but you can also use them in an attempt to turn back the hands of time. The only difference is people who are older than the age of 50 usually requires a bit more product and injections to see results. You can speak with an experienced professional to ensure that you can achieve the results that you want without any unwanted side effects.

A Consultation is Ideal

While you may think that you’ve done plenty of reading on the different reasons to get Botox and what it entails, you’re missing a key component of this procedure. You need to determine how Botox is going to change your appearance and how it can benefit you. A consultation should take place before your actual appointment when the Botox is administered. During this appointment you’ll be examined, and you can talk with an experienced professional about what you can expect, not only from the procedure but also in regard to recovery time, future injections, after care, etc.

It’s a Very Fast Procedure

Compared to other more invasive cosmetic procedures, Botox doesn’t take a lot of time to administer. You also don’t have to worry about any kind of extensive recovery period. Your first consultation will likely be the longest part of the process. That will include filling out paperwork, having your face looked at and making a plan to move forward. When you come in to have the injections administered, the entire process usually only lasts about 10 minutes.

When you’re done with your appointment, you can leave right away. Some people may want to apply a little bit of ice if the areas treated are irritated, but nobody will be able to tell that you had any Botox applied. You can go right back to work or wherever it is that you need to be. The results are very mild and gradual.

Consider Allergies, Medications and Potential Side Effects

Botox is tolerated very well by the majority of people that have it administered. However, there are some people that are at risk of developing an allergic reaction to this drug, which is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. That’s the same bacteria that causes botulism. An allergic reaction can result in a rash, swelling around the injection site, itchy skin, etc.

The spa or clinic that you’re working with will want to know if you’re taking any kind of supplements or medications prior to your injections. The main thing that may affect your ability to have Botox treatments administered is if you’re taking a blood thinning medication.

When used in small doses, Botox is completely safe. If you were to have an unlicensed and inexperienced professional apply Botox, you could be increasing your risk of a reaction or unwanted side effects. Too much Botox can result in paralyzing certain muscles or nerves. The face can end up looking like you can’t show as much expression.

There Is Some After Care to Consider

We did mention that you can go back to what you were doing prior to your Botox injections, but there may be some restrictions. You should remain upright for a number of hours after your appointment. You should also avoid immediately going out in the sun or washing your face. You also want to keep your hands off your face. You’re trying to prevent the Botox from getting pressed into other areas of the face where it wasn’t supposed to go.

You should know that results don’t show up right away. If you take care of your face as directed, you should start to see smoother and younger looking skin within five days or so. After two weeks, this is how your face is going to look moving forward.

Before you go under the needle, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into. Botox is a very safe and effective cosmetic treatment that many people have utilized to turn back the hands of time. If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment with an experienced and reputable professional, reach out to us here at Vesper Gray Med Spa. We would be happy to answer any additional questions you have about our Botox treatments.