Botox has become a very popular procedure in the last decade because of its success in reducing facial wrinkles. Botox is actually the brand name of botulinum toxin type A, which can sound dangerous to many people. In fact, botulinum is a powerful neurotoxin, but the type A strain used to make Botox is meticulously purified in a laboratory setting to be 100% free of bacteria. It’s perfectly safe for use as a treatment for maladies such as:
- Facial wrinkles
- Severe underarm sweating
- Uncontrollable blinking
- Uncontrollable neck and muscle spasms
- Chronic migraines
- Overactive bladders
Botox is administered through an injection, which makes it a relatively simple, same-day procedure for patients. As a dermatology practice with six board-certified dermatologists, we wanted to share some simple tips to help you prepare for your future Botox treatment.
1. Know When Botox is a Definite No.
Please know that Botox is not right for you if any of the following apply:
- You have a Botox allergy
- You have an infection at the injection site.
- You have problems with breathing, swallowing, or bleeding.
- You have muscle or nerve disorder.
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You recently had surgery or will have surgery soon.
2. Focus on Less Stress.
Although most Botox appointments are simple and relatively quick, any type of medical appointment can make some people nervous. Make your Botox appointment at a time that is convenient for you and won’t cause you to feel rushed or stressed. If possible, schedule your appointment on a day you don’t have work or many other obligations.
3. Make Sure You Mention Medications.
Be upfront with your doctor about which medications or supplements you are taking because some medications may cause harmful side effects if combined with Botox. Definitely tell your doctor if you take any of the following before the procedure:
- Blood thinners
- Muscle relaxants
- Sleeping aids
- Allergy medications
- John’s Wort
- Vitamin E
- Fish or Omega-3 oils
- Ginkgo biloba
4. Stop Smoking Cigarettes.
Smoking before a Botox appointment can increase your risk of bruising from the injection and interfere with healing. Tell your doctor if you smoke and ask how long you should avoid cigarettes before the treatment.
5. Carefully Cleanse Your Skin.
Your skin needs to be free of dirt, moisturizers, or cosmetics before your treatment. Wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap or cleanser and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a soft, dry towel.
6. Apply Arnica.
This isn’t a “must do” but if you’re especially prone to bruising, then arnica cream can help reduce the risk of bruises developing at the injection sites after the procedure. Talk to your doctor about how to properly apply arnica cream for best results.
No matter what your skin care needs are, Windsor Dermatology will work with you to provide a solution. We have an excellent team of six board-certified dermatologists who take pride in their work and strive to offer the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.