BOTOX® is by far the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment on the market. With its undeniable ability to unfurl dynamic wrinkles, it’s no surprise that there were over 7.4 million BOTOX treatments administered in this year alone.
Although the FDA has deemed BOTOX safe and effective for temporarily treating crow’s feet and frown lines, if you are not careful of how you go about getting BOTOX, you can end up with less-than-desirable results.
Knowing what to look for in a BOTOX provider and how to support your treatment can reduce your potential results for looking unnatural. Follow these tips to increase your chances of getting good BOTOX results.
1. Only See Qualified BOTOX Providers
When you want to get the best, most natural-looking results, it’s essential to seek a provider that is qualified to administer BOTOX. In the United States, BOTOX can only be legally administered by licensed medical professionals with certification in performing BOTOX injections.
Administering injections is a skill, and you want someone that really knows what they are doing. Board-certified plastic surgeons are among the best providers to seek BOTOX treatment. A plastic surgeon has extensive knowledge of the facial anatomy and a skilled aesthetic eye to help individuals achieve natural-looking BOTOX results that work with their facial structure.
Finding a qualified and experienced BOTOX provider will help ensure your treatments go well and you achieve the results you are looking for.
2. Be Honest About Your Medical History
While BOTOX injections are generally safe, as with any cosmetic treatment, there are some risks involved. That is why you should always be honest about your medical history. Leaving out health information could inadvertently cause adverse reactions and unwanted changes in your results.
Your BOTOX provider should ask about prior nerve or muscle problems, as well as medications you take, as these could cause potential complications.
3. Follow Before and After Instructions
Proper injection technique is one key piece to the good BOTOX puzzle, but you also need to do your part. Your provider will give you pre- and post-injection instructions during your consultation to help maximize the outcome of your BOTOX results.
While BOTOX does not require major downtime, there are a few things you need to be aware of and avoid the best you can within 48 hours of your treatment. Your provider will give you more detailed instructions, however, here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Do not rub or manipulate the treated area
- Do not lean forward or lay on the treated area
- Avoid blood thinning medication
- Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity
4. Don’t Go Big
When it comes to getting BOTOX treatments, going big is not the best advice. Injecting too much BOTOX initially can leave you looking unnatural, and you’ll have to wait it out until the BOTOX wears off. To help ensure natural-looking results, start with a smaller amount of BOTOX and give your results 2 weeks to develop. If you find that you want more dramatic results, you can always go back for more. BOTOX can also be combined with other fillers and wrinkle treatments to provide even more comprehensive results.
Men and women love the quick results that they get with BOTOX. Just be sure you are setting yourself up for success by implementing these helpful tips for natural-looking BOTOX results.
Dr. Small runs Ocean Plastic Surgery and Laser Center. The mission of the practice is to provide exemplary holistic care through innovation, technical skill and compassion with unparalleled service. He provides comprehensive cosmetic, laser skincare and reconstructive services.