7 Simple Steps to Prepare for your Botox Appointment
By Sepehr Lalezari, MD | July 31, 2020
What is Botox?
Botox® Cosmetic is an injectable neurotoxin derived from bacteria called botulinum toxin type A. In the field of aesthetics it is injected in small amounts into the muscles of the face which lead to a relaxation of the muscles which cause forehead lines, glabellar lines and crows feet. Clinically it is used in the treatment of a variety of other disorders as well including lip lines, gummy smiles, wide jaw muscles, chronic migraine, underarm sweating, anal fistulas and more.
Very small amounts of the neurotoxin are used to prevent signal conduction along nerves that cause muscles to contract. Therefore, the toxin causes the muscles to relax. The toxin is sold under various trade names like Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Jeuveau®
“FDA indications for Botox® Cosmetic include treatment of forehead lines, frown lines and crows feet.”
7 Simple Steps to prepare for your botox appointment
Botulinum toxin injections are relatively safe but there are a few things to keep in mind before your appointment. Below are the 7 simple steps to prepare for your Botox appointment. You want to be sure to mention certain medications and herbal supplements you are taking with your practitioner. Avoid consuming alcohol the night/day of your appointment, clean your skin and do not wear make up to your appointment, creams to apply to decrease chance of bruising.
How long will it take to see results from Botox?
You should start seeing effects of Botox after the first few days after injection ~3-5days. Peak effect does not occur until about 2weeks. This fact is important to keep in mind because unlike fillers, the effect of Botox is not immediate and you should wait at least 2weeks before considering potential re-injection.
“I love non-invasive cosmetic surgery because it really helps boost self confidence and quality of life but the most important thing to consider is that no-body is perfect and that is okay! Never lose yourself in the pursuit of perfection. Always remember how beautiful and amazing you truly are!”
Sepehr Lalezari, MD