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Botox Treatment: Dos and Don’ts

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Are you struggling with wrinkles? Then a Botox treatment may be the answer for you.

Botox is a brand of botulinum toxin therapy that is typically associated with helping to alleviate wrinkles caused by overactive facial muscles in the upper part of the face. However, it was also created to treat dermatologic conditions such as frown lines, crow’s feet and hyperhidrosis, a medical condition for excessive sweating.

Before you decide to turn to Botox to treat your condition, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:

DO choose a board-certified dermatologist to perform the procedure. He or she is trained to know the right amount of Botox to give you in order to ensure the best possible results.

DON’T use any blood-thinning medications such as Advil, Aleve, Aspirin or Ibuprofen before or after treatment. This will react poorly to the Botox injections.

DO share any and all medications you are currently taking as well as your medical history. Even if you don’t think it is relevant, your dermatologist will want to know.

DON’T overdo it. A little bit of Botox will go a long way. A light treatment will give you more natural results and allow you to find out what works best for you, without causing too much trauma to your skin.

DO be patient. It typically takes between three to seven days before you see results from your first treatment, so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t see results right away. It takes time.

DON’T work out, drink alcohol or touch your skin for at least 24 hours after treatment. It is important to let the product settle into your skin and work its magic. Plus, bothering your skin post-treatment can cause unnecessary bruising.

DO listen to your dermatologist before, during and after treatment. He or she will be able to walk you through the process and provide you with all the instruction you need to get the best possible results.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward receiving Botox treatment, chat with one of our board-certified dermatologists today! They’ll set you up with a treatment plan and schedule that works best for you.

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