You’ve heard the horror stories. People who went in for a Botox® procedure with the desire to look younger and rid their wrinkles, but instead emerged swollen, bruised, or with a frozen, unnatural looking face. It’s an unfortunate outcome, but one that can certainly be prevented to achieve that fresh-faced look you’ve been desiring. That being said, here are the biggest mistakes you can make in your Botox® journey and how to avoid them:
- Don’t neglect doing research upfront and making sure you are going to an experienced injector. Is he or she a “high volume” injector with more than 5 years of experience? Also, be sure that you’re seeking a board-certified physician with an active cosmetic practice beyond Botox®. Your facial anatomy is important and individual muscles vary, so it’s imperative to find an experienced injector you can count on.
- Sometimes less is more. One of the biggest mistakes a patient can make is being too liberal with the amount of Botox® they elect to have injected. This can result in unnatural looking droopy eyelids, surprised brows or a frozen face. 20 units is average for frown lines between the brow and 15-20 units for crow’s feet if you have deep lines, but usually, you can get by with less. Botox® also builds over time, so where you may have needed a higher amount when you first started treatment, you may eventually need less over time. These factors all depend on your age and severity of lines, which is why it is important to have an experienced injector’s judgement.
- Avoid taking Ibuprofen, vitamin E, all fish oils and green tea for up to four weeks before your injection as they can cause excess bruising and swelling after treatment. Some patients try other remedies such as Arnica which can be used before and after injections.
- Many Botox® practitioners don’t massage the product post-injection, which can have a tremendous influence on the distribution and evenness within your face. Make sure your injector implements this practice during your treatment as it can also prevent bruising. On the flip side, be sure to refrain from getting a facial or other intense facial massage as this can migrate the Botox® to unwanted areas. You should be staying upright for at least 2-4 hours post-treatment for these same reasons.
- Don’t procrastinate your Botox® appointment for the week before a major event. Schedule any treatments 6 weeks prior. It takes around 5 days for the treatment to take full effect, and should there be any problems, you want enough time for the practitioner to do any necessary touch-ups and allow swelling and bruising to dissipate.
If you are interested in learning more or trying Botox®, contact IOIO Studios today. Women in the Cleveland and Beachwood areas looking to turn back the clock are encouraged to come visit us and see what Botox® can do for you!