Here are 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Doing Botox.
Botox, what you should know.
Fine lines, wrinkles lazy eyes, uncontrolled blinking are common problems that affect many people around the world. BOTOX is a popular cosmetic procedure that is used to stop ailments such as strabismus (lazy eye), blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking), wrinkles fine lines, crow’s feet, axillary hyperhidrosis as well as facial creases.
BOTOX has been made from bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a toxin that can cause muscle paralysis and is usually associated with food poisoning when used in concentrated amounts.
However, through extensive research scientists found out that small amount of BOTOX injection can help specific muscles in the body to relax. BOTOX was later approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), and since then it has become very popular cosmetic procedure.
However many people usually take BOTOX injection blindly without conducting extensive research to know exactly what the treatment is all about. I also did the same and in this article, am going to tell you seven things that I wish I know before I used BOTOX.
1. BOTOX injections should only be administered by a licensed medical practitioner
When I first took BOTOX injection, I did not know that it should only be administered by someone who is licensed. Despite the fact that BOTOX injection is a prescription only medicine, the practiced is not controlled by certain regulations. This means that anyone could set up a clinic and start administering BOTOX injections.
BOTOX is a prescription only meaning that only a licensed medical practitioner should prescribe it. However, once the prescription has been handed over, there is little rules on who should administer the injection. If you are not careful, you may end up falling in the hands of someone who does not have the knowledge and skills to administer this injection correctly.
This can be disastrous and could result in life-threatening side effects. I wish I knew that BOTOX injections should only be administered by trained and licensed medical practitioner who has been approved by the department of health.
2. It is important to do your research before making your final decision
In addition to confirming if the medical practitioner has been licensed to administer BOTOX injections, it is also paramount to do your homework to know his/her reputation.
Before you make you final decision, read reviews to know what previous patients who have used the services of that particular physician are saying. If you want to be on the safe side, it is advised that you choose a physician who is experienced and has good track record and reputation.
3. How to handle bruising, pain and swelling
Patients are usually not prepared to handle the pain that results from this cosmetic procedure. In some cases, you may experience mild swelling, bruising or redness that can be very painful and uncomfortable.
Personally, I had slight redness around the injection area that lasted for about an hour. However, the physician did not prepare me how to handle pain, and it affected me.
4. The result that you should expect
BOTOX injection is very effective if the right amount is administered. However, the result usually takes few day before they start to show. Time was taken often vary from one patient to another and it usually progressive.
The physician to administer the injection should tell you the type of results to expect as well as the duration of time that it will take. This will help you to stop having unrealistic expectations.
5. Possible side effects
If injected by a well-trained physician, you will not suffer from side effects. However, if is not administered correctly then it can result to life-threatening side effects such as droopy eyelid. It is crucial to know the likely side effects just in case things go bad. Read More about botox side effects here.
6. It is your job to tell the physician what you want
The physician job is to know how to get there. However, it is your job to tell the doctor exactly what you want from this cosmetic procedure. Be open and tell the doctor what you want so that he/she can work to make your wish a reality.
7. How long the treatment will last
It is very important to ask the physician the time frame of BOTOX injection. Results usually vary depending on the units that have been injected as well as the areas that has been injected. On average, the length of time when BOTOX injections remain effective is usually 4 months. However, this can vary because everyone is different.