In 2019, Botox was the most researched nonsurgical cosmetic treatment for the third year in a row. Although it’s not a permanent solution, the effects that Botox has on fine lines and wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of aging have made it a popular treatment for those in their 20s and 30s. If Botox has been on your mind lately and you’re looking for guidance on how best to prepare for your first appointment, you’ve come to the right place.

The first tip is to book a consultation with a doctor. You (and we) want to make sure that Botox is the right treatment for you, and that it will help you to achieve your goals. It’s not wise to undergo any type of procedure without fully understanding the likely outcomes and knowing the risks involved. If you’re pregnant or nursing, Botox is not the right choice for you, as it hasn’t been safely tested in these circumstances. So take that into consideration if you’re planning on starting treatment as it’s not a permanent solution and you’ll need to maintain regular appointments to keep it looking fresh. You’ll also want to ensure that it won’t cause a reaction with any other medications you’re taking, so it’s best to be as open and honest in your consultation as possible. 

If you’re a gym bunny or enjoy a regular exercise routine, make sure you get your workout in before your appointment as it’s advisable to avoid exercising for 24 hours after having your treatment done. While the increased circulation can be great for your skin, it may shift the Botox out of the desired locations.

Botox is typically a fast procedure and can often be done in a lunch break, getting you back into the office and on your feet like nothing happened. While reactions can vary from patient to patient, there can be some redness or bruising after the treatment, so be prepared for this in case it happens to you and know that it’s completely normal. If you’re prone to bruising, or nervous about your appearance after your first session, take the day off, or book your appointment at the end of the day so you can go home to rest afterwards. Most residual redness or bruising can be covered up with makeup, but be careful not to apply too much pressure to your skin.

Lastly, and this is particularly important if you’re experiencing some trepidation about your appointment, try to relax. Take a warm bubble bath, listen to some soothing music, meditate, or do whatever you typically do to unwind and ease your mind prior to undergoing treatment. If you have any questions or doubts, we’re just a phone call away and would love to do anything we can to make your first appointment a positive experience.

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