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Take Years Off Your Look with Botox®: Strategies to Maximize Safety & Minimize Side Effects

While you may have a great skincare routine complete with UV protection, moisturizing creams, exfoliators, and nutrient-dense products to help keep your skin healthy, dynamic lines are a reality for everyone as they age. Genetics can often determine where your dynamic wrinkles are more prominent and they can grow deeper over time. 

At BEYOUth Medspa + Wellness, we offer Botox treatments to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles and to help you look more youthful. We love helping our patients get the aesthetic they are looking for and our top priority is always safety, comfort, and effective results. We are here to help you have the safest and most successful treatments possible. 

What Is Botox? 

While there are many products and treatments that are designed to help minimize the signs of aging, Botox might be the treatment with the longest-standing reputation for effectiveness. It has been used safely for many years to treat dynamic lines. Botox is a neuromodulator that is used to treat the following three areas:

  • Crow’s Feet
  • Forehead Lines
  • Frown Lines (Glabellar Lines)

Neuromodulators affect signals that occur throughout the body. In the case of Botox, the medication blocks signals from the nerves that tell the muscles to move. Botox injections temporarily paralyze certain muscles, which in turn keeps lines and wrinkles from forming where they normally would. While Botox can be used to dramatically limit movement in the face, it can also be used with a lighter touch to minimize wrinkles while allowing for natural-looking movements. 

10 Tips for a Safe and Effective Botox Treatment

1. Choose The Right Provider

Not every injector provides the same quality of services. It is important to be careful about who you choose to perform your injections. You should always choose a reputable establishment with licensed aestheticians and medical professionals who have years of experience in injecting Botox and who have a thorough knowledge of the muscular structure of the face. 

2. Have a Detailed Consultation

A consultation is a time for both you and your provider to get to know each other. It is important for you to make sure that you feel comfortable in the clinic where your injections will be held and that you ask any questions that you may have about the treatment.

3. Understand the Possible Results

Having realistic expectations about the treatment and the results that you may get is important for your safety and satisfaction after treatments. Botox is not meant to permanently erase your lines, but it can temporarily smooth them and make you look younger and more refreshed. One of the best ways to know what results you may be able to expect is by viewing Botox before and after pictures from previous patients and by speaking with your doctor. 

4. Avoid Alcohol and Blood Thinning Medications

Alcohol, blood thinners, and NSAIDs can all increase the risk of bruising after treatments. If you are concerned about having bruising at your injection sites, you will want to refrain from all three before and after treatments. For your health and safety, you should always talk to your doctor first before stopping or starting any medications.

5. Discuss Your Medical History With Your Doctor

In order to make sure you have a safe procedure, your doctor needs to know your full medical history. It is important to disclose any information such as illnesses that you may have or whether you have recently had Botox treatments or any other cosmetic injections. Some treatments shouldn’t be combined so you should always let your doctor know. 

6.  Start With Light Injections

When it comes time for your first injection, we usually recommend starting with lighter injections. Lighter injections can allow for a slight natural crinkle at the corners of your eyes when you smile or expressive movement in your eyebrows. You can’t take away Botox injections once they have been given, but you can add more if necessary. It is always best to start light. 

7. Wait for Treatment Results

Before assuming that your Botox treatment hasn’t worked and asking for additional injections, it is best to be patient and wait for treatment results. It can take up to one month for the full effects of your treatment to be seen. After this time, if you still want less movement, you can schedule another consultation with your doctor. 

8. Avoid Touching or Rubbing the Treatment Area

Your injection sites may be tender, swollen, red, and irritated after your treatment. You should be careful to never itch or rub your injection sites. This can introduce germs into the injection site, irritate your skin, or cause the medication to spread beyond the intended site. You should avoid touching the area for around 24 hours. 

9. Follow All of Your Doctor’s Instructions

Your doctor may have specific instructions that apply to your unique situation. It is important to always follow your doctor’s instructions before, during, and after your Botox treatment. 

10. Schedule a Follow-Up Appointment

After your Botox injections, you can schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results with your doctor and ask any questions you may have about the treatment or results.

Experienced Injectors in West Caldwell, NJ

At BEYOUth Medspa + Wellness in West Caldwell, NJ, we offer a high standard of care for all of our patients. We have many years of experience and our spa is clean, comfortable, and beautiful to help put you at ease during your treatment. If you want to know about our Botox injections or other treatments, contact us today by phone or through our website.