Botox® is the most utilized minimally invasive cosmetic procedure on the market by far. According to the Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, 4,401,536 procedures were performed in the United States in 2020. This is a 459% increase from the year 2000, which means people are getting Botox more than ever.
But if it’s your first time, you might be nervous, or you may have even been holding out on the procedure because of these concerns. Fortunately, there are many ways you can ensure a comfortable experience when you choose to get Botox.
At Dr. Malouf Dermatology, we strive to provide the best, most relaxing experiences for our patients. Peter Malouf, DO, Amanda Miller, FNP-C, and Haylee Terry, PA-C all have extensive knowledge about Botox, which helps us create the best environment for your safety and comfort.
Just in case you’re not very familiar with Botox, here’s a quick rundown of the procedure. Botox is short for botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin that eliminates facial wrinkles. Botox has also been used safely to treat a number of other problems from migraines to overactive bladders to chronic eye twitching.
The procedure takes just a few minutes and involves injecting a small amount of the neurotoxin into the skin. It is very quick and doesn’t hurt much; in most cases, there is no need for anesthesia when Botox injections are given.
You’ll begin to see the results after a few days with the full results settling in after a week or two. Even though Botox is a relatively simple procedure, it’s still important that everyone do what they can to ensure its ease and safety.
It’s essential you discuss your procedure with your provider beforehand. This ensures you will be able to ask any questions you have and understand the procedure thoroughly. Your provider may also have tips for you to achieve more relaxation and success before, during, and after the procedure.
You should understand what Botox will and won’t do before your procedure. This will ensure you’ll have a good experience and clarity on what the results will be like afterward. It’s also important to understand the potential risks associated with this procedure, which, while unlikely to occur, should always be considered.
Avoiding certain blood-thinning substances is essential for getting the best results from your Botox. Avoid aspirin, supplements, blood thinners, alcohol, and cigarettes for two weeks beforehand for best results. If you need to discuss this with your doctor beforehand, make sure to do so.
A number of our patients are nervous about needles. It’s common; a 2022 study found 63% of its participants had some sort of needle phobia. If this is the case for you, it’s important to implement some calming strategies. Breathing techniques, visualization, and even soothing music can all be helpful.
Caring for your skin post-procedure is paramount to a comfortable experience and positive results. You’ll need to avoid makeup and strenuous activities, such as working out, for several days to avoid causing problems with the injections. It also helps to softly exercise your facial muscles after your procedure, but make sure you avoid pressing on the injection sites.
Botox is a quick, safe procedure that will give you the look you’ve been wanting. And the more you can do to ensure your comfort before, during, and after the procedure, the better. We have clinics in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Cleburne, Texas; simply call or go online to make an appointment.