What to Avoid if You Are Considering BotoxPosted on July 8, 2019
Thinking of getting Botox? You’re not alone. In recent years, the procedure has become one of the most popular, non-surgical treatment options for patients who want to look younger and feel more confident in their appearance. However, there remain certain risks that patients should be aware of and try to avoid when choosing treatment
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Not all Botox specialists are the same. While the procedure may seem less risky than other more invasive treatment options, it is still considered an extensive cosmetic treatment with its own risks.
Proper Botox application is a delicate balance – specialists need to know the best application spots across the face to freeze wrinkle-causing muscles without creating an unwanted, overtreated appearance. Bottom of the barrel deals may be tempting but can be risky and leave you with less than natural-looking results. Instead, seek out board-certified physicians with extensive cosmetic surgery or dermatology experience and be sure to ask for samples of their work and their experience in treating cases like yours.
While Botox can certainly be used for spot treatments, the best results come when there is an ongoing treatment strategy. At BHPS, our specialists work with patients to identify the way wrinkles have developed and appear across the face in order to determine the correct Botox dosage. In some instances, our plastic surgeons may recommend supplementing your Botox treatment with other non-invasive solutions like dermal filler. This combination of solutions can help patients address all forms of aging and allow them to improve their overall appearance more holistically.
Your Botox treatment strategy should also cover the frequency of application. Going for injections too often, and patients run the risk of looking overdone and get develop the stereotypical frozen face appearance. At a young age, too much Botox can have an adverse effect and actually create the wrinkles you’re trying to prevent. On the flip side, Botox is a temporary solution – going too few times may not provide patients with the results they’re looking for. Coming to an appropriate treatment schedule with your specialist can help ensure you have the tools needed to tackle the aging process gracefully.
As with many other cosmetic treatments, Botox comes with its own set of do’s and don’ts to ensure treatment goes as smoothly as possible. These include:
- Stopping blood thinning medication or supplements, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, vitamin E and fish oil. Thinned blood can leave skin more likely to bruise, especially following Botox injection.
- Alcohol: Like blood thinners, alcohol can increase the risk of post-treatment bruising. Avoiding alcohol starting the week before your treatment is enough to avoid this risk
While Botox doesn’t require the same degree of recovery as other cosmetic procedure, patients should still take care of their injection for the first few days following treatment. In particular, we recommend avoiding strenuous activity for up to 24 hours after the gym. Patients who’ve just received Botox should also avoid lying down for several hours following treatment as well as touching, rubbing or massaging the treatment area. These actions can spread the injection material to other muscles, leaving individuals with unwanted results.
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With Botox, patients can take control over the way they age and slow the process dramatically. At BHPS, plastic surgeons Dr. Eugene Kim and Dr. David Kim are experts in creating holistic treatment strategies that address patients’ concerns and fit their lifestyles. To learn more about building your Botox treatment strategy, call (310)746-5475 and schedule your consultation with our Beverly Hills plastic surgeons today!