So you’re considering Botox. As one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures, Botox is an injectable treatment that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on the face. The procedure will be administered in our Chevy Chase or Greenbelt, Maryland offices by a licensed cosmetic dermatologist who will use an ultra-fine needle to inject botulinum toxin type A into the glabellar (between the eyes), and/or crow’s feet, around the eyes. These things, you know. But do you know…
What to do before Botox
Be honest with your Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center cosmetic dermatologist about your medical history. This will best equip him to determine if you are, or are not a good candidate for Botox. Tell your doctor about any medication you are taking; any allergies you have; if you have any lingering medical conditions; if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; and really, anything else you can think of that might be important. Have realistic expectations. Yes, most Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center patients see drastic results from their Botox procedures, but your results may not be exactly what you hope. Talk with your cosmetic dermatologist about what you might expect, and what you might not. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s always better to go into any cosmetic procedure — or, really any medical procedure — informed. Make a list of questions: How much will Botox cost? What are the potential side effects? How many unit of Botox will you need to achieve the look you want? Bring this list to your Botox consultation, and a Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center cosmetic dermatologist will be happy to answer them all.
What to do during Botox
Go to your appointment fresh-faced. Before your cosmetic Botox procedure, your skin will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic. Feel free to wear make-up if you want, but it’ll just be washed off. Remain still. Ideally, patients who choose to undergo Botox procedures won’t be afraid of needles, but if you are, divert your mind’s attention to something else (like puppies, or what you’ll make for dinner that night). Pay attention. Then again, don’t wander too far into la-la land: Your cosmetic dermatologist might ask you to smile, or frown during the Botox procedure.
What to do after Botox
Or, perhaps: What not to do after Botox. Don’t touch the skin where Botox was injected. You’ll want to avoid rubbing, or touching the injected area for at least 24 hours, lest you spread the Botox to other parts of your face. Avoid strenuous physical activity. If you experience bruising, apply topical Vitamin K. Green, or yellow-tinted concealers can also help mask the bruising. Taking the appropriate measures before, during, and after a Botox procedure will not only help ensure a better Botox experience at Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center, but better Botox results as well.