Impulse-buying might be great when it comes to sexy pumps, the hottest new shade of lipstick or crates of delicious red wine (just us then?), but for image-altering stuff like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin? No. Way.
One of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the country, around 7.23 million botulinum toxin injections were performed in 2017 across the U.S. and when it comes to aesthetic subscriptions they are so popular with beauty members of all ages, they literally blow everything else out of the water.
So, what’s the big draw? Well, in a nutshell, neurotoxins (otherwise known as neuromodulators) offer fantastic results with minimal side effects and very little downtime.
Even so, blindly nipping out in your lunch break for a quick fix is never the best idea, so before going under the needle, make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come.
Here’s what you need to know…
1 A Thorough Consultation Is Vital
Undergoing any kind of aesthetic transformation is a major decision, and being happy with the process all depends on the doctor you choose. Always go board-certified (signing up to an aesthetic treatment plan can help you with that) and make sure your chosen physician, a) has a wealth of experience in injectables and b) offers you an in-depth, complimentary consultation before your treatment. A consultation is vital to sound them out and ensure you’re both on the same page.
Your physician should…
- Listen to you intently and answer all questions in an understandable and knowledgeable way.
- Pay attention to your motives and expectations, then offer recommendations and/or alternatives where appropriate.
- NEVER pressure you into an unnecessary procedure.
- Welcome questions about professional qualifications, experience and relevant costs.
- Explain the possible variations in outcome, as well as the risks involved.
- Have a highly-trained team who calls you back and treats you with respect.
- Make sure the final decision is yours.
2 Bargains Are Never Best
While you may get by (barely) with budget beauty products, injectables are not the time to cut corners. If a price is questionably low and feels a little too good to be true, chances are there’s something fishy going on. You could be getting a counterfeit product, a diluted dosage, or your physician may even have bought their product illegally from an oversees supplier where prices may be substantially lower. Who knows how that product has been stored and shipped to the US or even if it has expired. Not worth it.
Instead, be thoroughly aware of the substance that’s being injected in your face by always visiting a reputable practice, and stick with names you know such as Allergan’s Botox, Galderma’s Dysport and Merz’s Xeomin.
3 Licensed Physicians, However, Are ALWAYS Best
While we’re on the subject, always make sure your physician is licensed to administer the big brands above. You can often verify this on the manufacturers’ websites which is great for peace of mind. Still unsure and worried about costs? Then think about signing up for a subscription plan powered by HintMD. We offer beauty memberships in many practices across the country and only ever work with the best in the business. Need help with that? You got it.
4 BTW, There’s Stuff You Should Probably Avoid Pre-Treatment
For the best results from your Botox, there are a few things to avoid before your treatment. Most importantly, anticoagulants like aspirin and ibuprofen are a no-no for around two weeks prior to injection. They can hinder blood clotting and increase the risk of bruising, ICYDK.
You should also avoid alcohol two days before treatment, and it’s worth saying no to fish oil, multivitamins, green tea, ginger and cinnamon for around a week before treatment, because these can all increase the fragility of blood vessels and thin the blood.
5 Never Underestimate The Power Of Good Timing
Botox is a great lunch-hour wrinkle fix, but not everyone wants their whole office to know their time was spent not at the local deli, but with their aesthetic physician. If you’re one of these people, consider doing your Botox at the weekend or after work, because a little redness and minor swelling is inevitable.
Other timing factors to consider:
- Don’t fly for several hours after a Botox treatment. Changes in cabin pressure may affect the spread of the toxin to muscles you do not want affected.
- Don’t book your Botox before your regular appointment at the gym. Exercising, or even just prodding injected areas can spread the toxin to other muscles and/or weaken the injection.
- Applying makeup and washing your hair can also affect the spread of Botox so don’t go for a session right before glamming up for a big night out.