A Beginner's Guide to Botox: 5 Tips to Prepare for Your First Treatment

Botox® continues to grow in popularity. In fact, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Botox injections have surged by 22% since 2013. It’s no wonder, considering that Botox has both excellent cosmetic and medical benefits. 

In addition to smoothing fine lines and giving you a younger, more fresh-faced appearance, Botox is also used in the treatment of migraines, jaw disorders, overactive bladder, lazy eye, neck spasms, and many other conditions. In fact, Botox is the No. 1 prescribed brand for the treatment of chronic migraines. 

Whether you’re using Botox for cosmetic or medical reasons, the doctors at Personal Primary Care want to make sure that you’re entirely prepared for your first treatment. Here are a handful of tips to get you ready for your appointment: 

Avoid certain medications

Before a Botox treatment, we discuss your medical history, including a list of any medications you’re currently taking. Certain medications can interact negatively with Botox, so we might need you to discontinue some medications a few days before your treatment, including:

Avoid cigarettes

When you smoke before an appointment, you increase your risk of bleeding and bruising after an injection. Smoking can also slow down your recovery time. For best results, talk to us about how long you need to avoid smoking before and after your Botox treatment.

If you work out, do it before your procedure

It’s suggested that you wait at least four hours after your treatment to engage in any physical activity. So if you’re active, you might consider scheduling your gym time before your Botox appointment to give you the best chance to heal properly. 

Take it easy

You need to avoid applying makeup, lying down, or washing your hair for at least several hours following your injections. Also, avoid rubbing the injection site as this can result in uneven results and even bruising. Finally, be sure to schedule your injections around air travel plans, as changes in cabin pressure can spread the toxin to other muscles. 

Expect a slight buzz

There’s something called a Botox buzz that usually happens with injections administered between the eyebrows. This buzz is a temporary sensation of dizziness, accompanied by a slight headache. It’s usually fairly mild and subsides within 10-15 minutes. 

If you’re curious about Botox and would like to see what it can do for you, call us at one of our two locations in Springfield and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, or make an appointment right on our website today. 

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