What should I know before getting Botox?

So, you’re thinking about getting Botox for the first time? 

Botox is an injectable cosmetic product that smooths wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles of the face.  It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide for many reasons, including minimal downtime, visible results, and low potential for side effects if done correctly. 

Make sure you are seeing a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon for your injections.  These doctors go through years of specific training in cosmetics and are the experts of injectable aesthetic medications.  If the price of Botox seems low, you may be getting a diluted dosage or the injector may be obtaining the product illegally from another country.

Each person’s face is different.  An experienced doctor will evaluate how your face naturally moves and give you a customized Botox treatment plan.  Botox can be used in many different areas including the forehead, between the eyebrows, temples, chin, neck, and lips.  Botox lasts approximately 3-4 months in most people so plan on a long-term investment.

Botox is preventative.  Not only will Botox treat wrinkles but it will also prevent new ones from forming.  Starting Botox in your twenties or early thirties can prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place.  

Side effects are minimal.  Local swelling following injection is common and lasts about 45 minutes.  I typically recommend not lying down for 4 hours or flying on an airplane for 24 hours. Bruising, bleeding and headaches can also occur.  More serious complications can occur if you go to an inexperienced injector. Dropping of the eyebrows or eyelids are complications that should be managed by the injector.  Board-certified physicians are trained in managing complications. 

Schedule your Botox consultation with Dr. Hanson today! Call 763-502-2916. 

Dr. Holly Hanson Dr. Holly Hanson is a board-certified dermatologist at Associated Skin Care Specialists in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She has been featured in numerous magazine articles for her expertise in skin cancer and skin disease. She has been named a Twin Cities Top Docs Rising Star by her peers 2 years in a row.

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