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Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Botox Treatment

When you’re new to Botox injections, you likely have a lot of questions before your first Botox treatment. We cover the most commonly asked questions so you can feel confident when you show up for your first appointment.

Botox is the most popular and widely used aesthetic option in the United States. In 2020 alone, 4.4 million Botox procedures were done. And that number continues to grow. 

The reason it’s so popular is that you get amazing results with a minimally invasive procedure. With just a few injections around your face, you drastically reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles on your face. The result is younger and fresher-looking skin that, when done well, looks completely natural.

But while Botox is incredibly common, and one of the safest anti-aging treatments you can find, getting your first Botox treatment can be a little intimidating. 

You may be wondering if it’s really worth the hype, or if it really can produce natural-looking results. You may even be wondering what Botox even is, to begin with.

We want to answer all your Botox questions so you can show up for your first appointment feeling safe and confident in your decision to get Botox. So here is everything you need to know before your first Botox treatment:

What is Botox?

Botox is short for botulinum toxin A. However, you are NOT getting the original botulinum toxin A injected into your skin when you get Botox. Instead, you’re getting an isolated and purified form of the toxin that produces only the desired effects to freeze the muscles under the injection site. By creating a temporary 

Botulinum toxin A has been known of for over a century. And it’s been studied extensively in that time, with deeper knowledge about how to isolate the muscle paralyzing agent found in the toxin.

This may not sound particularly useful as a therapy, but it is helpful for those with certain eye or bladder disorders.

Botox was first approved for therapeutic use in 1989, which is when it first started helping those with uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm) and crossed eyes (strabismus). 

During the studies and initial therapeutic uses of Botox, doctors and researchers noted the anti-aging effects. Botox reduces the fine lines and wrinkles around the injection site and prevents the development of new ones.

Botox was finally approved in 2002 for cosmetic treatments. Since then, it’s been used successfully by millions of people who want to prevent signs of aging with much success. It’s continued to be one of the most studied and safest cosmetic treatments you can find. 

Where does Botox usually get injected?

Botox works best in places where dynamic wrinkles form. Dynamic wrinkles are the ones that form from frequent facial movements like squinting, smiling, or brow furrowing. 

Botox prevents the development of more dynamic wrinkles by blocking the communication from nerves to muscles around the injection site. As a result, when the nerve sends a signal that would typically cause the muscle in the injection area to move, the muscle and skin above it stay still. The result is crease-free skin that looks young and vibrant.

Most dynamic wrinkles exist around your forehead and eyes, like crow’s feet that form at the corner of your eyes. That’s why Botox treatments typically have injection sites around the brow and eye areas. The Botox injections smooth out your skin in these areas, preventing wrinkles from forming and giving a younger skin appearance.

How do I prepare for the first Botox treatment?

Have a consultation with the doctor performing your Botox treatment. They will be able to get your full health history and give you a list of things to do or avoid before your first treatment. They will also get on the same page as you regarding your ideal aesthetic and the goals you want from the treatment. An initial consult or conversation also gives you the chance to ask questions and check that they have everything in place for a safe treatment.

As a common rule of thumb, here are a few things it will help to avoid for a week before your Botox appointment:

  • Wine
  • Fish oil
  • Ginger
  • Green tea
  • Multivitamins
  • Cinnamon
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications

What happens during the appointment?

During the appointment, your doctor will review with you the details of the procedure and make sure you both are on the same page about what you want to see after the injection. 

For many, a topical numbing ointment will be applied to the site after cleansing. The treatment is painless, even without a numbing ointment. Botox needles are very small and injected for such a short time that at most you might feel a slight pinch.

After the injection, your doctor will review after-care and potential side effects you may experience from the injection. For a few hours after your treatment you should avoid:

  • Exercise
  • Touching or massaging the injection site
  • Flight travel
  • Taking aspirin and other blood thinners which could make bruising worse or more noticable

What are the side effects?

Side effects from Botox are minimal and temporary if they do arise. Below are some of the common short-term effects of Botox:

  • Slight bruising that disappears within hours or a few days
  • Short-term headache lasting 
  • Redness or swelling that goes down in a few minutes or a couple of hours

The temporary side effects vary from person to person, but as Botox is one of the safest injections available, there is little to fear.

How long does Botox last?

You may not notice the effects of Botox at first. For some, they do not notice the lines minimizing for a few days after the treatment.

The duration of the effects depends on how much Botox you get and where. You can typically expect botox to last three to four months.

How do I book my first appointment?

To book your first appointment, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss Center. We have doctors with decades of experience delivering Botox treatments that look subtle and natural. 

When you go in for your appointment, you’ll be able to tell your doctor the exact effects you want to have in the small lines and wrinkles on your face. Our doctors will determine how much Botox you need for your ideal look and tell you how they’ll create a natural-looking youthful appearance for you.

Book your first appointment today.

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Jeuveau vs. Botox: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Right for You?

Jeuveau is one of the newest FDA-approved aesthetic injections that works like Botox. Here’s a breakdown of Jeuveau vs. Botox and how to know which one is right for you.

Since the early 2000s, Botox has been known as the ultimate aesthetic treatment. It’s one of the safest and is the most widely studied with thousands of studies showing its safety and efficacy.

For aesthetic purposes, Botox is applied to the outer corners of the eyes, between the eyebrows, and a few other points to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But it also treats conditions like chronic migraines. 

It works by injecting botulinumtoxinA into specific areas that interrupt the nerve from sending messages to the muscle and the muscle then relaxes and the skin smooths out. The result is fewer lines and wrinkles appearing around the injection site on the face.

There’s now another injection that uses the effective botulinumtoxinA—it’s called Jeuveau.

Jeuveau is the latest FDA-approved aesthetic injection using botulinumtoxinA. As of right now, it’s been approved for glabellar lines which are the lines between your eyebrows. But further approval is coming down the line.

Jeuveau vs. Botox: What’s the difference?

The differences between Jeuveau and Botox are slight as they both use the same active ingredient. The difference is in the ratios and form of botulinumtoxinA used in the formula.

Botox is manufactured by Allegran, a company in Ireland that uses onabotulinumtoxinA. Jeuveau on the other hand is manufactured by Evolus in South Korea. The Jeuveau formula uses prabotulinumtoxinA. Both formulas produce effective results. But some people respond best to Jeuveau while others respond better to Botox.

Are there other types in addition to Botox and Jeuveau?

While Botox is the most well-known neurotoxin injection, there are other options out there.


Dysport is the most prominent alternative to Botox to date. It produces results in less time than Botox and requires less product because of how small the molecules are. The results are comparable, but injections from Dysport can spread out farther from the injection site than Botox, which makes Botox the ideal option for more precise results.


Xeomin is another alternative to Botox. It’s unique in that it contains just the purified botulinum toxin. The reasoning behind the pure injection is that some researchers believe that it helps prevent resistance to the toxin over time. Some have noted that as people continue to get Botox for many years, they develop a tolerance for it and require greater quantities to get the same results. But as far as initial outcomes go, the results between Xeomin and Botox are comparable. 

Uses for Jeuveau vs. Botox

Botox (as well as Dysport and Xeomin) is approved for both aesthetic and medical purposes. The only option you cannot use for medical purposes is Jeauveau. They may choose to get that approval eventually. It’s also possible they may choose to maintain only aesthetic approval keep the cost low. Jeuveau’s lower cost makes it a more viable option for those who want Botox but cannot afford the option.

How to get lasting results with Jeuveau and Botox

The nature of Jeuveau and Botox injections is to be temporary. When you initially start the injections, doctors typically recommend that you get them more often. But eventually, you can spread out treatments for up to six months.

While the injections can’t last forever, there are a few things you can do to make your results last longer:

  • Follow the after-care instructions your doctor prescribes. This will likely include avoiding sun exposure, not vigorously scrubbing or exfoliating your fact, and not getting any other treatments for at least three days after the injection.
  • Prepare for treatment by avoiding alcohol so you experience less bruising around the injection site.
  • Create a treatment plan so you can prevent wrinkles from developing between injections

Are there any safety concerns?

Since botulinumtoxinA is in fact a toxin, it’s normal to wonder if it’s getting Botox, Jeuveau, and other similar injections is safe. But the studies have shown for decades now that when applied correctly and in the formula provided in Botox, it is considered the safest procedure available. 

It’s also important to always go to a professional for any aesthetic injections. There’s a recent trend on TikTok of influencers injecting filler into their own lips with DIY kits. Whether it’s filler or Botox, Jeuveau, or any other treatment, never do a DIY alternative. There are more health risks when you do.

Always consult with a professional and get the work done by someone who is certified to do aesthetic procedures. Not only will you get better results, but you drastically reduce any risk of adverse effects to the injections.

Want to try Jeuveau or Botox?

While both Jeauveau and Botox have much in common and are safe, some people may get better results with one option over another.

For this reason, it’s important to talk with a doctor about all of your health history, concerns, and the aesthetic outcomes you want to see. Your doctor will help you decide which option is best. Plus they create the ideal treatment regime so you get the best results possible.

To learn more about the differences between Jeuveau vs. Botox, book an appointment at your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss Center today.

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Botox vs. Fillers: Which Option Is Right For You?

Botox and fillers can produce similar results, but they are best used to treat different types of aging concerns. Learn the difference between these two injectables and which one is the best option for you.

When it comes to anti-aging, injections have been growing in popularity—and they show no sign of slowing.


Because as the different types of aesthetics treatments advance, the results are both natural-looking and require little to no downtime unlike more invasive age-reversal procedures like the facelift.

So how many people are getting Botox and fillers? In 2020 alone, 4 million Americans got Botox. And 3 million got various types of fillers and similar treatments that use the same filler compounds.

The number continues to rise, especially this year as the demand for Botox has skyrocketed. Botox and fillers are no longer the hidden procedures no one wants to talk about getting. Celebrities and people all over regularly use injections to maintain healthy and youthful skin.

So when it comes to Botox vs. Fillers, how do you know which one to choose?

It all comes down to what the purpose of each injectable is. So before asking your doctor for a treatment, learn what the best option is for you and how to achieve the look you’re going for.

What is Botox?

Botox was released for aesthetic procedures back in 1989. Not only is it one of the most widely studied and safest aesthetics options out there, but it is also incredibly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox is actually the short name for OnabotulinumtoxinA. 

While this is a “toxin” it shouldn’t be mistaken for something dangerous. When injected correctly, Botox is safe and leads to little to no side effects in the aftermath of the injection. The most you would experience is light bruising on the injection site—which is typical for any injection, not a result of the “toxin.”

Botox procedures don’t require incisions or anesthesia. Sometimes a mild topical anesthetic gets applied to the injection site, but that’s all you need to get through the procedure comfortably.

It works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by preventing muscle contractions and blocking nerve signals to the muscles around the injection site. The skin in that area of your face doesn’t crease in the way it normally would after the procedure. The result is the appearance of fewer wrinkles.

There are four FDA-approved brands in the US—Botox, Dysport, Jeauveau, and Xeomin. At Valley Medical Weight Loss we use Botox and Xeomin to achieve the best results.

What are fillers?

Fillers are not a one-size-fits-all injection. There are different types to be applied based on a person’s skin and goals with their appearance.

One type of filler is made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring chemical found in the body. Our bodies produce hyaluronic acid to help lubricate joints, eyes, hair, nails, and of course, skin. But as we age, we produce less hyaluronic acid. The result is skin that is less full, duller, thinner, and has a tendency to hold deep-set lines. 

You’ll find hyaluronic acid in skincare products and in fillers because when used aesthetically, it acts as a binding agent for moisture. Water binds to the acid and makes the application or injection site plumper.

There are also collagen-stimulating fillers that promote the production of collagen, another agent that keeps skin young and wrinkle-free.

Similar to Botox, the side effects are rare and mild. Swelling or bruising around the injection site is the most common side-effect, but it typically goes down in a few days. 

Also, there are many different brands and types of fillers. At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we specialize in Juvederm and Volbella.

Botox vs. Fillers: How to know which one to choose

Both Botox and fillers—whether it’s the collagen or hyaluronic acid type—are temporary procedures. Depending on the amount and type, both procedures can last anywhere from four months to a year.

Botox is used to “relax” the muscles under the skin. And the result is fewer lines and wrinkles. 

Fillers on the other hand are used to plump and rejuvenate the skin.

Botox is often said to be best used to address dynamic wrinkles–the wrinkles that are the result of the movement of your facial muscles. Whereas fillers are meant to be used to fill in “static” wrinkles or anywhere your face lacks volume at rest.

In other words, in the places where your lines crease because of facial expressions or muscle contractions, Botox is the best option. Where you have deep lines that stay in place when your face is at rest, fillers are the best remedy.

For both, the result is younger-looking skin and fewer lines, but the underlying issue you want to address will determine which injection you get.

Here are some common example procedures for each:


  • Crows feet on the outside of the eyes
  • Frown lines between eyebrows
  • Forehead lines


  • Acne scars
  • Filling sunken-looking cheeks
  • Lip lines
  • Nose correction
  • Sleep wrinkles
  • Laugh lines

How to get Botox or fillers

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we have doctors and specialists who are certified in delivering the best Botox and filler treatments in the Valley. 

We offer Botox injections to reduce the appearance of line lines and wrinkles. We also provide filler treatments that help your skin look fuller and younger. 

Our goal is to help you achieve the look you’re going for in the most natural and minimally invasive way possible.

Book your appointment with us today to talk with one of our doctors about Botox and fillers so you can get the right treatment for your goals.

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Should I Get Botox? 3 Reasons Why Botox Is More Popular Than Ever

Botox is no longer part of a niche skin care routine, but a procedure that many people are getting to look and feel better about their skin. 

Remember the days when Botox used to be the secret procedure that no one would talk about?

It seemed like only a few people you knew were getting Botox on a regular basis. And those who were getting it weren’t talking about it openly.

That’s not the case any longer.

Not only is Botox more widely accepted and talked about as the go-to anti-aging treatment, but more people are getting it than ever before.

Especially in the 2021 post-pandemic spring season.

There’s been a recent surge in appointments for Botox with as much as a 20% increase in appointments since the start of 2021. 

But it’s more than just repeat Botox clients who were stuck in quarantine until this year. There are more people who have never tried Botox before heading in for their first appointment.

So what’s behind this rise in Botox?

Here are three reasons why more people than ever are asking “Should I get Botox?”

1. The Zoom Effect (a.k.a “Zoom face”)

Why are more people than usual suddenly more interested in getting Botox?

Some experts say it has to do with something called “The Zoom Effect.”

What is the Zoom Effect?

Essentially, so many people spent so much time looking at their own faces in Zoom for the past year. And since they looked at themselves more than usual, they realized the importance of skincare and their appearance more than ever before. There was also likely more time spent dissecting their own features and flaws far more frequently than they normally do. 

Plus, there’s no doubt we all look different than we’re used to on camera. And when you have extra time to look at your face on camera and notice more wrinkles over time, it can be an inspiration to make a change once the opportunity rolls around.

For many, it was the first time they realized they don’t feel or look like themselves anymore. 

Pre-pandemic, when we could more regularly see each other in person, we could rely on a lot more to present ourselves well at work. Our fashion choices and posture can express so much when we see each other in person.

But when it comes to Zoom, our face stands out the most as we spend most of our time in a frame that captures us from the chest up. 

With all that time spent focusing on our own and coworkers’ faces, it became more important to make sure our skin looks its best.

So Zoom has played its part in boosting the demand for Botox.

But, there’s actually more to it than that.

2. Botox is now considered part of routine skin care.

Anyone and everyone gets Botox now. 

There used to be a secrecy around getting Botox. And for those who were getting it, there was even a stigma about not being “natural.”

But Botox has been used for so long and is so commonplace now that people are much more interested in sharing their experiences and hearing from others. 

What makes Botox a staple for so many people now is how beneficial it is for a range of concerns.

Men and women in their late-20s and 30s use it as a preventative measure. By getting Botox early, you can slow the development of wrinkles around your eyes and lips.

And many more in their 40s and beyond use Botox to reverse the signs of aging that already appeared. 

On top of how effective it is, it’s also one of the most widely researched aesthetic treatments and considered one of the safest.

And despite those concerns that Botox doesn’t look “natural” the treatment has progressed so far over the past few decades that many people get a treatment that looks natural.

3. Botox can make you feel happier and more confident

As we come out of quarantine, we’re ready for the summer we didn’t get to have last year. We just want to feel and look good.

There’s no doubt that in the past year many people felt more adrift and uncertain than usual. And when people go through periods of trauma and stress, it’s common that people feel less like themselves and want to make a change when they come through on the other side.

One study found a significant connection between stressful life events and an actual or perceived change in appearance as a result. In other words, sometimes due to stress real changes in appearance happen that are unrelated to natural aging. And other times, it’s possible to feel like your appearance is different after a stressful even.

Either way, the natural next step is to remedy that so you can feel more like yourself again.

And it turns out that getting Botox can actually help you feel better on top of reducing your fine lines and wrinkles.

Many Botox specialists have noticed that Botox treatments help their patients feel less depression and anxiety.

Researchers in California even decided to conduct a study based on these observations to see if it’s true. And it turned out that patients in that study reported feeling 40 to 88 percent less stress and depression after their Botox treatments.

So it may seem like Zoom face and the pandemic made everyone more vain. But in fact, it’s that after so long cooped up inside, feeling sluggish and stagnant, that people want to freshen up their look and feel good for the first time in a year.

Plus there’s also the additional uses for Botox like quelling symptoms of chronic stress, like jaw tension and headaches.

Looking for professionals who can give you that natural youthful appearance?

When it comes to a Botox treatment, it’s important for you to work with a professional who knows how to use Botox to achieve the appearance you want.

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we help you achieve a more youthful appearance that looks natural. To look and feel more like yourself for your post-pandemic summer, book your appointment with us here.


Banishing Those Wrinkles with Botox ®

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we believe that looking your best is a big part of what makes you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you’re able to face the world with more poise and confidence. That is why we offer non-surgical injections, like Botox® Cosmetic, in addition to our weight loss programs. Botox ® is probably not a new name for you, but do you know exactly what it is and what it can do for you and your skin? If not, keep reading. And even if you think you do, keep reading.

Let’s Start with Wrinkles

To understand how Botox ® works, it’s important that you understand how wrinkles form in the first place. It’s really a combination of factors – damage from free radicals, decreasing amounts of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin springy and supple, changes in cellular structure, and making the same expression over and over again. When you frown or smile or you’re deep in thought, certain muscles contract and certain areas of your skin crease and fold in response. Over time, these creases and folds start to stick around and you’re left with fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox® can’t address the external factors that cause lines and wrinkles, it can target the muscle activity that contributes to them.

How Botox® Works

Botox® works by reducing the activity of the underlying muscles that cause your skin to crease and fold. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscle. When nerve signaling is reduced, the muscles relax and soften. This translates to fewer lines and wrinkles and a younger-looking appearance. You’ll generally begin to see the results within one to two days following the procedure, but the most noticeable difference in your appearance tends to come after 30 days. Because Botox is non-surgical, treatments are quick – each treatment lasts approximately 10 to 20 minutes and requires no recovery time. That is why this type of procedure is often nicknamed “a lunchtime procedure”. You can get in and out in the amount of time it would take you to go down the street for a salad. The results of Botox typically last up to four months.

What Else Should I Know?

Botox is most effective for crow’s feet and frown lines. Since every individual is unique and every face is different, your treatment will vary based on you as an individual. Your physician will discuss your treatment plan with you before administering any injections; and make sure you’re comfortable with the recommendations and all your questions are answered. A typical treatment may include 5 injections into your forehead muscles and 3 into each of the muscles that surround your eye.

Ask Away!

Our number one goal is to make you feel confident and comfortable. If you want to learn more about Botox in general or want to know what we can do for you specifically, please give us a call or stop into one of our clinics. You don’t have to make an appointment; just come on in and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.