Botox® and other fillers have become household names widely recognized within the practices of plastic surgery. Everyone has heard of it by now, but due to the nature of that kind of recognition, there may be misinformation about these types of treatments, which is why it’s important to leave no stone unturned when deciding if Botox® is right for you. During your consultation, you may feel overwhelmed or have no idea where to start, so here are a few important questions about Botox® that you may forget to ask your doctor.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?
Generally, there aren’t any significant risks with Botox®, but there are still a few things to consider beforehand. There is a risk of swelling and bruising at the injection site, although this is temporary. Furthermore, if you suffer from a neuromuscular disorder, you should get clearance from your neurologist before receiving treatment. Pregnant women should never receive Botox® injections.
Do I Need Botox® or Something Else?
Botox® injections are great to treat wrinkles in between the eyebrows, around the forehead and eyes, but aren’t meant to fill sagging or drooping skin. If this is your desire, dermal fillers or a combination of Botox® and dermal fillers may be more your speed. Asking your doctor which treatment plan is right for you is important for your overall satisfaction.
Is Now the Right Time?
If you are planning on getting Botox® injections for a major life event, consider timing as an important factor in your decision. It can take up to 7 days for the treatment to fully work, so take that into consideration, as well as the fact that you will likely experience some swelling and bruising at the injection site.
Can Botox® Help with Other Issues?
A little-known fact about Botox® is that it has many other non-cosmetic uses. Labeled the “wonder drug,” Botox® has been used to treat overactive underarm sweating, migraines, overactive bladder, chronic pain, lock jaw and plantar fasciitis. If you suffer from any of these conditions, Botox® can be used to treat them, as well as your wrinkles.
What Should I Do Before and After the Procedure?
As mentioned previously, you will likely experience some swelling after the injections. Using an ice pack for about 10 minutes can greatly help reduce these symptoms. In addition, if you want to make your Botox® last longer, consider taking zinc supplements. Studies have shown that taking the drug for 4 days before your treatment can prolong its effects. Your doctor may have more specific tips to share with you to give you the greatest benefit from your procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox® or scheduling a treatment, contact IOIO Studio today and begin your journey to younger looking skin. We offer Botox® treatments to individuals residing in the Cleveland and Beachwood areas.