What to Expect From Facial Botox Treatments

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If you are about to get facial Botox for the first time, you may be wondering what you can expect, You may have heard or seen the results others have had and are wondering if it can be the same for you. You should definitely go into it with realistic expectations so you won't be disappointed by the results. Here are some things you should know before you get this treatment.

Botox Won't Get Rid of Wrinkles

There is a misconception that Botox will remove wrinkles. This is not the case. Botox will only help to prevent more wrinkles or stop the ones that are there from getting worse. It won't actually remove wrinkles that have already formed. Botox freezes the facial muscles to stop them from contracting and deepening the wrinkles in the face.

Remember It's Only Temporary

If you like the results it can be tempting to think that it is permanent. That is never the case so make sure you are on top of your next appointment or things will revert quickly. Depending on how your muscles react to the treatment you will need Botox treatment every two or three months.

Will It Hurt?

You may have heard that you won't feel much pain. This is true for most people but you may be one of those people who feel more than just a pinprick when the treatment is administered. The bottom line is that the pain is not intense and it should subside very quickly. If you do feel discomfort that warrants the taking of a pain reliever you should definitely not take any that contain aspirin since aspirin thins the blood and can cause bruising at the injection site. The best thing to do is to take a pain reliever that contains acetaminophen instead.

Be Careful After Treatment

Since the procedure is so simple, you may assume that you can do whatever you want soon after the treatment. This is not the case. For example, you cannot exercise for at least six hours after getting a Botox treatment. It is also not recommended that you lie down or bend your head forward.

Botox treatments are effective at preventing new wrinkles but it is important to be realistic about what it can and can't do. Also, you should remember that it is not a permanent treatment so to keep reaping the benefits you have to be punctual about doing follow-up treatments.


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