If you’re thinking about taking the plunge for the first time and seeking out an injectable, there are a few things to consider before Botox becomes your number one pal. Even if you’re a veteran of the plastic or cosmetic surgery scene, there are still some things worth thinking about before you decide to get Botox. That doesn’t make Botox unique–a slow, careful, and considered approach to any procedure is usually a good idea.
A Few Things to Consider Before Botox Begins
The more you know, and the more realistic your expectations are, the happier you’ll be with your results. At least, that’s usually the way it works. So we’re going to spend a little time in the weeds with Botox, figuring out what you should know before you start thinking too often about getting your own injections.
You’ll also want to check with your own cosmetic surgeon (please don’t misconstrue this article as medical advice). Your surgeon is the only one that has access to, well, you. And your individual anatomy, desires, and hangups are incredibly important in crafting a treatment regimen for you–even when it comes to something like Botox.
Can You Have an Allergic Reaction to Botox?
The first thing to consider before Botox is that it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to this particular injectable. The active ingredient in Botox is something called botulinum toxin. It’s a neuromodulator that, when injected in small doses, can help relax and smooth your skin by affecting the muscles beneath that skin.
But, as with essentially any substance foreign to your body, it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to this. That reaction may manifest in any number of ways, from hives, to nodules, to flu-like symptoms. It will really depend on your body.
The jury is still out on whether these allergic reactions are rare or uncommon. There may be some instances where patients simply don’t realize the reaction they’re having is allergic in nature–and so it goes unreported. However, the vast majority of Botox patients do not show any kind of reaction. But if you think you might be at risk for an allergic reaction to Botox, you can always get tested before your injection.
Results Will be Temporary
One of the nice things about Botox is that the results are temporary. That’s one of the reasons that this little injectable is so popular, I think–it lets people dip their toes into the pool of cosmetic surgery with little in the way of permanent consequences. If you don’t love the way you look after your Botox injection, you just need to wait six months or so and you’ll be back to normal.
Of course, if you do actually love the way you look–if your wrinkles and lines are gone and you find yourself glowing a little bit more than usual–you’ll want to keep up with your new look. There are a couple of ways to do that:
- Get regular maintenance injections: Most patients will return to their surgeon or medical spa in order to get these injections regularly. If you go in a month or two before your wrinkles are slated to return, the results should be maintained rather smoothly.
- Look at other injectables: Sometimes, similar results can be achieved using dermal filler injections–which can last longer. This isn’t always possible, because Botox and dermal fillers tend to treat very different types of wrinkles.
Botox Results Won’t be Visible Immediately
When you get a dermal filler injection, you’ll be able to see the results (more or less) almost immediately. That’s because volume has literally been added beneath your skin! That’s not the case when it comes to Botox, though, and many first-time patients are a little disappointed they have to wait to see their results.
But your body takes some time to absorb the Botox and your skin takes some time to manifest the results. (This is why maintenance injections are so important if you want to maintain your results.)
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you know you want to see your results by, for example, Thanksgiving, you just need to plan ahead a little bit–get your Botox a month or two before Thanksgiving and you’ll be all set! There’s not much that surgeons can do to speed up that process–so good planning on your part is the best way to make sure you’re achieving your desired results.
Getting Ready for Botox
We’re bringing up these things to consider before Botox because we want you to be as ready as possible when you go in and start asking questions. (Again, this should not be considered medical advice–you need to talk to your surgeon!) Consultations are an opportunity for you to ask questions and get answers–a lot of answers!
So don’t hesitate. These are just a few things to consider before Botox, but by no means is this a list of everything to consider. Start asking your surgeon questions today!