Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Few Tips for your Botox Appointment

By Craig W. Nevilt

Once you've decided that BOTOX is the right way for you to achieve a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing look, you need to prepare yourself. The treatments are quick and uncomplicated. As a result, you should be able to review in detail the procedure you are about to undergo. Be sure to educate yourself. And try to clearly define what outcomes you would like and be able to communicate those to your doctor. This is the best way to insure your comfort and success.

Since the procedure is very straightforward, and there is little preparation in terms of medical needs, try to be prepared with your expectations. When you are with your doctor, you will be asked to sit in a reclining, dentist-like chair. Again, the person administering your Botox treatment will likely ask you to contract specific muscles, then he or she will mark the injection locations. That's why your desired results are important to articulate.

Right After the Treatment

The affected area may show small red dots right after you receive the Botox injections. Some patients have shown instances of minor bruising or swelling, but this is extremely uncommon. Any marks will fade within a few hours of the procedure. A little make- up will cover any marks in the meanwhile. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, facial scars are not a concern. Doctors recommend using an ice bag on the injection site for a few minutes after the procedure. This should eliminate or reduce any inflammation.

It's pretty common for doctors to provide some type of documentation to support recovery after your procedure. The Botox will take effect within the first few hours with full results visible within about a week. So keep this in mind when you are scheduling your appointment around an event.

What Does is Really Cost?

BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are generally quite affordable, which is one of the main reasons for the procedure's international popularity. Depending on the nature of the treatment, a BOTOX session will usually cost between $300 and $400 per syringe. Compared to other anti-wrinkle injectable treatments, only collagen will typically cost less than BOTOX. To maintain results, patients have to repeat the procedure every four to six months.

Are there Any Side Effects?

When Botox side effects do happen, they're usually temporary. They can show themselves within the first week of injection, and can, in some instances, persist for several months. The kinds of side effects depend on what area you had treated with Botox. For patients with frown lines, the most common Botox related side effects include:

▪ headache

▪ respiratory infection

▪ flu-like symptoms

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