6 Things You Should Know About Botox
We had no idea you had to stay upright for four-to-six hours after!
'Tis the season...to scrutinize yourself a lot in photos. Perhaps you feel like you notice a more intense wrinkle or two creeping up on your forehead. Or maybe Aunt Dee made an unfortunate comment about your crow's feet. Or, you may simply be taking that idea of trying Botox more seriously. Also used to treat sweating and migraines, the injectable drug is perhaps best known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your forehead. Curious to find out more?
Below, Dr. David Cangello's MD, FACS, at Cangello Plastic Surgery in New York City shares his must-know tips before you head to the doctor's office.
1. Ask plenty of questions during your consultation.
Now is not the time to be shy. "You should learn from your provider what exactly Botox is, how it has its effect, how long it lasts, what are the potential risks/side effects, and any other questions you may have," says Dr. Cangello.
2. Pick the most qualified injector.
"Yes, Botox is an expensive habit, but it's your face. The providers that have the most experience and knowledge about facial anatomy and function are those certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or Facial Plastic Surgery. Getting your injections from a plastic surgeon is the best way to minimize the risk of complications of errant injections," advises Dr. Cangello.
3. Know that you should not be pregnant, breast feeding, or attempting to get pregnant while getting Botox.
This tip from Dr. Cangello is straightforward enough but bears repeating. If you fall into any of those three categories, steer clear.
4. Know that you should not have allergies to eggs or any of the products in Botox.
Be sure to share all of your allergies with your doctor.
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5. You'll have to stay upright for four-to-six hours after your injection.
"You shouldn't exercise or recline for about four-to-six hours after your procedure to minimize migration of the toxin into a muscle or muscles that were not intended to be treated," notes Dr. Cangello.
6. Avoid facials or skin treatments around your Botox appointment.
"You don't want the skin to be inflamed when you're having injections," says Dr. Cangello. "Any other active skin conditions should be at bay as well when you have your treatment, and make sure to protect your skin with a broad spectrum SPF immediately afterwards, like the Brush-On Shield by Colorescience."
To learn more about botox, read our guide here.