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First Timer's Guide to Botox

Botox 101

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Botox is one of the most popular minimally-invasive treatments in the world. It’s a great option for those looking to eliminate signs of aging, but before you book your appointment there are a few things you should know. We’ve broken down what to know before Botox so you can feel confident about your first visit.

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, which relaxes facial muscles to reduce wrinkles and smooth out lines. It works by blocking nerve signals that tell your facial muscles to contract, which then prevents them from forming wrinkles and lines on your face. The effects are temporary, lasting between 3-6 months depending on the area being treated and the individual’s skin type.

How Does Botox Work?

When injected into the area of concern, Botox blocks signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. This prevents muscle movement in those areas and ultimately reduces wrinkles or fine lines caused by repetitive facial expressions such as frowning or squinting. The results can be seen within days after receiving treatment but may take up to two weeks before they are fully visible.

Is Botox Safe?

When performed by an experienced professional, Botox is safe and effective. Keep in mind that some individuals may not be good candidates for this procedure due to pregnancy or other conditions like certain cancers or neurologic disorders.

What Should I Expect From Botox?

When done properly by experienced providers, like those at VIO Med Spa, one should expect excellent results from their Botox treatment. Depending on the severity of your wrinkles or fine lines, some patients may require multiple treatments over time in order to achieve desired results — although this isn't always necessary. Side effects are rare with Botox treatments but still possible; these include bruising, swelling at injection sites, headaches and nausea — none of which should last more than 24 hours if experienced at all.

Before Your Appointment

Before scheduling an appointment, it’s important to do your research and make sure you choose a provider who has experience performing Botox injections and can answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to starting treatment. When selecting a provider, make sure they are certified and that they specialize in non-surgical treatments like Botox. Additionally, be sure to ask how much experience they have with Botox injections and if they use FDA approved products. A few days before your appointment, we recommend taking over the counter arnica and avoiding blood thinning medications prior to treatment to avoid bruising. 

During Your Appointment

At your appointment, the provider will discuss what areas of the face should be treated for optimal results as well as any potential risks or side effects associated with this treatment choice such as bruising or swelling at the injection site. The provider will also provide information about aftercare instructions including avoiding strenuous physical activity for 24 hours post-treatment as well as advice on how often maintenance treatments should be scheduled in order to keep up results over time (generally every 3–6 months).

There’s no denying that Botox is an effective way to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while giving you more youthful skin—but it’s important that you understand all aspects of this procedure before booking an appointment. By doing thorough research ahead of time, you can ensure that your first time getting Botox runs smoothly from start to finish! So why wait? Get ready for smoother, younger looking skin today!

Interested? Book an appointment today!