What Should I Know Before Getting Botox?

According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is the number one minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States. It is a successful solution for treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Botox is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead lines, and frown lines. As successful as it is, MAEZ Integrative Healthcare’s medical professionals ensure clients are comfortable and fully knowledgeable about procedures, including what to expect and common questions before a treatment.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox is only a temporary solution as there are no permanent injectable solutions for wrinkles. Still, Botox is an excellent temporary solution that can last up to four months. Botox injections can be used alone or with fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These wrinkles are either dynamic, meaning they appear with facial movement, or static, which are wrinkles that are apparent regardless of what the person is doing. No injectable will get rid of wrinkles entirely, but Botox used by itself or with fillers can improve the look and appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles. 

What Should I Expect During My First Visit?

At MAEZ Integrative Healthcare, safety is very important. An initial consultation with new clients is necessary to determine if the provider is a good fit for the client’s needs. A medical professional will then assess the client for potential risks, review their medical history, and conduct a physical examination, including current medications or medical conditions. Aspirin and certain supplements, such as fish oil, can increase the chance of bleeding and bruising. For this reason, clients may be advised to stop certain medications before a Botox treatment.

Some clients prefer to have the treatment done the same day as the consultation, while others may wait. Medical professionals are commonly asked if Botox is a painful treatment. Botox injections can feel like a pinch, but numbing agents are available. After a treatment, there could be some slight bruising, redness, or swelling that generally goes away quickly. Clients can go back to work or resume daily activities immediately after. It is best to allow at least 30 minutes for the initial consultation and treatment plan. For patients who qualify, Botox injections are usually provided at the same time as the consultation. Since every client has a unique facial structure and needs, a follow up appointment should be scheduled to see if a touchup is necessary.

What Else Should I Know?

A licensed medical professional will conduct a comprehensive initial consultation to develop a treatment plan. While many clients are in their 30s or 40s, there is no set age to begin. Cost also depends on the areas needing treatment, the severity of wrinkles, and how many vials of the product are required for complete treatment. A medical professional will estimate costs during the initial consultation.