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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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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.