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Botox Do's and Don'ts

Updated on January 30, 2017

Botox injections are no longer only reserved for the rich and famous. Botox is now something that's mainstream and something that's reasonably accessible to everyday people. Here are some top do's and don'ts when it comes to Botox.

Botox Don'ts

Don't Self Inject: Never self inject Botox or inject on others if you are not a certified doctor. In the right medical hands Botox is a safe procedure, but not done correctly it could leave your whole face paralyzed.

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Don't Use If: Don't use Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The FDA hasn't approved Botox for use during pregnancy as it hasn't been clinically tested. The manufacturer of Botox, Allergan does caution against using Botox in women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

Don't use Botox if you have an infection around the site where the Botox is to be injected. Also if you are allergic or even sensitive to botulinum toxin or any of the other ingredients. If you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis or Eaton Lambert syndrome then you should also not have Botox treatment.

Don't Take: Don't take ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, vitamin E, omega 3 supplements, Exedrin, St. John's Wart, Ginko Bilboa or ginseng prior to having Botox injections or for twenty four hours after injections. These supplements and medication can thin the blood and cause post-Botox bruising. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol consumption in the days prior to treatment.

Don't Touch: Avoid touching, rubbing or massaging the injection sites for at least four hours after treatment. It takes roughly four hours for the saline solvent to absorbed and by massaging the areas you can cause the Botox to spread to other unintended muscles. Avoid unnecessary touching of the areas for a further twenty four hours. Gentle washing, makeup application etc is fine, but avoid getting facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels etc.

Don't Exercise or Lay Down: It is recommended not to exercise or lay down for a minimum of four hours after Botox. Putting your head down, exercise and excessive bending all increase blood flow and can lessen the effect of the Botox. You want to allow the Botox to bind and enter the nerve for the best result possible. Laying down and exercise may also cause you to rub the areas and this can cause the Botox to spread to other unintended muscles and cause droopiness.

Botox Do's

Do Select a Trained Medical Professional: Selecting a board certified and skilled doctor is crucial. Your results depend on the skill and technique of the injector. Spend time researching and finding a medical practitioner who has been effectively administering Botox for a considerable number of years and who specializes in facial anatomy.

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Do Inform: Be transparent with your medical professional and inform them about your medical history. Tell them what medications, herbs or supplements you may be taking. If you have any allergies, medical conditions, diseases, illnesses or if you are planning to have any medical procedures in the future. Be absolutely transparent, if you are trying to conceive or breast feeding let them know. This is for your safety and so the medical professional can determine whether Botox is a safe and effective treatment for you.

Do Be Realistic: Be realistic about what Botox can actually do for you, as results do differ from person to person. An experienced practitioner will know what Botox can and can't do for you, your age and skin. So it's crucial that you discuss with your doctor what therapy is best for you and if Botox is the right choice. Having expectations that are realistic and discussing treatment options and outcomes with your doctor will stop you from being disappointed.

Do Be Clear About What You Want: Being clear with your doctor about what you want and expect will help make sure you are both on the same page. Make sure you are very clear about what areas you want treated and what the ideal result will be. You both need to be aiming for the same outcome. The practitioner may think the frozen look is their definition of a successful result, but you may think this is a disaster. If you are both on the same page as to what kind of outcome you are looking for then you should hit the target.

Do Ask Questions: During the consultation period ask questions; even bring a list of questions with you. Exactly how much will it cost? How many units will be needed? What can't I do after treatment? How should I care for my skin post treatment? How often should I get Botox? Yes you can find most the answers online, but it will sink in better hearing it from the expert. Don't forget to ask about the possible side effects and risks involved and what your doctor will do if something does go wrong. Also ask the doctor about their experience and how long they have been giving Botox injections, outcomes, success, statistics, etc.

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