Once you have made the decision to have those Botox injections or wrinkle relaxers as they are known, you will need to see a doctor to ensure they are right for your problem. Sometimes dermal fillers are another option that may be beneficial, depending on where your wrinkles are and how deep they are. Once the doctor has made sure Botox is the way to go, you have to tell him or her exactly what medications or supplements you are taking.
This is because some such products are blood thinners and may cause more bruising or even bleeding after the injections. To prevent this, the doctor will very likely tell you to stop taking them for two weeks before the injections are due. These products are: –
- Vitamin E
- Ibuprofen and generics
- St John’s Wart
- Fish Oil/Omega 3s
- Gingko Biloba
Never have Botox injections at a spa without seeing a doctor first as it is illegal and in any case, the doctor will ensure that you are a suitable candidate and that everything is done correctly. It is essential to discuss your goals with your doctor to ensure he knows exactly what you want. This will avoid the ‘frozen face’ look that some famous people have ended up with.
A few days before you have the injections you will also need to avoid consuming alcohol. If you go jogging or play a sport, don’t do it on the day of the injections as it will increase your circulation and this can cause bruising. On the day of the injections, don’t bother putting on make-up as it will only have to be taken off. Your skin will be cleansed with an antiseptic and an ice-pack placed on it to help prevent any bruise forming.
Once the doctor is ready to do the injections you will need to stay aware of what is being done and be ready to do anything the doctor tells you. He may need you to frown or smile so that he knows exactly where to place the injections for the best result. That said, if you fear injections, don’t think too much about it, but occupy your mind with other thoughts. It’s amazing how this can help you to ignore the pain. Keeping still during injections will also help to prevent pain.
Afterwards, more ice may be applied to your face and it is okay to take Tylenol for pain if necessary; just don’t take aspirin in any form as it is a blood thinner. Don’t have any other facial treatment on the same day as this could interfere with the Botox working under your skin. It may take up to 5 days to see the full improvement from your Botox.