Cosmetic Botox

Botox is a brand of Botulinum Toxin that can be used to treat certain muscular conditions or to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. Botox is administered via injection directly into the neuromuscular tissue. It takes 24-72 hours for Botox to take effect and the effects usually last three to six months.

The most common use for Botox is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the following areas:

  • Forehead (worry lines)
  • Between eyebrows (frown lines)
  • Corners of eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Outer eyebrow
  • Chin crease

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Botox Pre-Treatment Instructions

​​​​​​​In an ideal situation, it is prudent to follow some simple guidelines before treatment that can make all the difference between a fair result or great result, by reducing some possible side effects associated with the injections. We realize this is not always possible; however, minimizing these risks is always desirable.

Patient must be in good health with no active skin infections in the areas to be treated.

Patient should not be needle phobic Avoid alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment

Alcohol may thin the blood which will increase the risk of bruising.

Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications ideally, for a period of two (2) weeks before treatment.

Medications and supplements such as Aspirin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Vioxx, and other NSAIDS are all blood thinning and can increase the risk of bruising/swelling after injections.

Schedule Botox® appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event which may be occurring, i.e., wedding, vacation, etc., to allow for healing and results.

Remove your make-up in areas to be treated.

Pre-make ice packs-Ziplock freezer bags / water & / dishwashing liquid.

Botox Post-Treatment Instructions

The guidelines to follow post-treatment have been followed for years, and are still employed today to prevent the possible side effect of ptosis ȋdrooping of the eyelids. These measures should minimize the possibility of ptosis.

No straining, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise for at least 3-4 hours following treatment. It is now known that it takes the toxin approximately 2 hours to bind itself to the nerve to start its work and because we do not want to increase circulation to that area to wash away the Botox® from where it was injected.

Strictly avoid manipulation of the area for 6 hours following treatment. (For the same reasons listed above.) This includes not doing a facial, peel, micro-dermabrasion, massage, or reapplying make-up after treatment with Botox®. A facial, peel, or micro-dermabrasion can be done only if they are done before the Botox®. Do not wear swim goggles for 2 days.

Stay in the erect posture for 2 hours-do not lay down & take a nap.

Avoid sun or tanning beds.

Facial exercises in the injected areas are recommended for 1-hour following treatment. This is to stimulate the binding of the toxin only to the localized area.

It can take 2 days to take full effect. It is recommended that the patient contact the office no later than two weeks after treatment if the desired effect was not achieved and no sooner to give the toxin time to work.

Apply pre-made ice packs or frozen peas 1st hour; 10 min on / 10 min off.

Side Effects

​​​​​​​Because this medication is given at the site of your condition, most of the side effects occur close to where the medication is injected. Redness, bruising, infection, and pain at the injection site may occur.

Dizziness, mild difficulty swallowing, respiratory infections such as cold or flu, pain, nausea, headache and muscle weakness may occur when this medication is used to relax muscles.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Dr. Hansen is available to discuss side effects. Contact us today.

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