Q: Dear Michelle,
I am a 32-year-old mom of two young children. This holiday season, I am ready to give a gift to myself (because I deserve it!) I think I am finally ready to get my first Botox treatment. However, I have to admit I’m a little bit nervous about getting Botox. While I’m excited, I want to know if there’s anything that I can do on my part to get a better result. (I’m a little bit of a control freak, so going through with this makes me really nervous!) How can I avoid Botox side effects?
-Like a Botox Virgin
A: First of all, it is important to go to an experienced health care provider to achieve good results and minimize possible side effects. Keep an open line of communication with your medical provider in order for your provider to have a clear understanding of your goals.
I advise patients to avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, Vitamin E supplements and fish oil for about 1 week prior to injection and 24-48 hours following injection. Some commonly taken supplements increase the patient’s risk of bruising and swelling because they can actually thin the blood.
Mild redness and swelling at the injection site may occur following injection, which usually resolves within 15-20 minutes following injection. Applying ice to the treatment sites will help reduce any swelling or redness you may experience. In all honesty, side effects following treatment with Botox are uncommon, temporary and usually very mild.
For the best results, also be sure to take care of your skin at home. An at home regimen of quality products customized for your skin’s need including a hydrating and moisturizing product, will help extend the longevity of your in-office treatment.
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