Once a luxury available only to celebrities or beauty insiders, the anti-aging treatment known as Botox® is fast becoming mainstream. Injected by a medical professional, often a specialized Nurse Injector, Botox® works to minimize the appearance and severity of facial lines between the brows, eyes and around the mouth. Med-spas and doctors’ offices across the country report that Botox® injections represent one of the most frequently requested aesthetic procedures. The surging numbers of med-spas emerging across the country, coupled with medical research data supporting the safety and multi-fold benefits of Botox® have contributed to its rapid rise in demand, which continues to grow daily.
Of the almost 9 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2009, about 7 million of them involved minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedures. What aesthetic treatment ranks number one in the world? You guessed it: Botox, Botox, Botox. Since 2000, the number of users has risen almost 300%, numbering about 3 million and growing exponentially. Med-spa directors and aestheticians will confirm that they see this rejuvenating trend in action every day. When safely and judiciously administered by trained clinicians with expertise and experience, most patients report high satisfaction with their Botox® procedure results.
First time Botox seekers should do their homework before taking the plunge. Spa-goer beware! Only licensed medical professionals are permitted to perform this procedure. And, so-called Botox parties may leave you with more serious consequences than a hangover. While prices vary, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Once you’ve invested in injectables, follow these insider tips to ensure that you boost your Botox® benefits…Think of it as “syringes with benefits.”
To get the biggest bang for your Botox® buck! Keep these tips in mind after your procedure:
Try to exercise your treated muscles for 1-2 hours after treatment (e.g. practice frowning, raising your eyebrows, or squinting). This helps to work BOTOX Cosmetic into your muscles. Although experts believe this helps, it will NOT negatively impact your treatment results if you forget to do it.
Avoid taking Advil, Tylenol, Vitamin E, etc. in order to reduce the risk of bruising.
Do NOT rub or massage the treated areas for 4 hours after your treatment. Do NOT do Yoga or any type of strenuous exercise for 4 hours after treatment. Also avoid facials or saunas for 4 hours after your treatment. This will reduce the risk of raising your blood pressure and therefore minimize the risk of temporary bruising. Feel free to shower and go about most other regular daily activities.
Do NOT lie down for 4 hours after treatment. Staying upright avoids the risk of pressure on the treated areas (from your pillow) and reduces the risk of accidentally rubbing the area.
Rest assured that any tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours. If you need to apply make-up within 4 hours after your treatment, use a GENTLE touch to avoid rubbing the treated area.
Results can take up to 14 days to show the full effect. Please wait until 14 days has passed before assessing your satisfaction level with the result.
BOTOX® Cosmetic requires a special technique to customize the injections to your individual facial muscular structure; it is important that your muscle activity recovers, BUT that your skin does not crease to the extent it did before the procedure.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a temporary procedure. At first you may find that your treatment results will last approximately 3 or 4 months. If you maintain your treatment appointments with the frequency recommended by your doctor, the duration of each treatment result may last longer than 4 months.
Beauty brought to you by Medtopicwriter team member, Amy E. Shoultz, PhD.
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