First Time for Botox? Here's How to Prepare for the Best Experience

Making the decision to get Botox®️ is just the first step in preparing for your initial treatment. Botox can be an important part of your anti-aging and health routine, but it’s important to know what to do beforehand to make each treatment attain optimal success.

At Pure Touch Skin Center in Sherman Oaks and Glendale, California, our team is committed to make your first injectables appointment go as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together the following tips to help you prepare for your first Botox treatment so that it goes off without a hitch. 

Botox basics

With nearly 7.5 million Botox treatments provided in 2018 alone, Botox remains the leader in the global injectable cosmetics market. This treatment is proven safe and effective for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Cosmetic Botox injections consist of an FDA-approved purified toxin, known as onabotulinumtoxinA. A dose is injected along the line or wrinkle in question to temporarily paralyze small muscles in your face. This can help eliminate the visible appearance of crow’s feet around your eyes or troublesome forehead wrinkles. 

Botox doesn’t just make fine lines and wrinkles invisible by relaxing the facial muscles around them, but can also be a preventive measure, keeping new lines and wrinkles from forming. Also, the Botox injections can trigger a healing process, slowly remodeling your skin over time. 

If you keep coming back for repeated Botox injections, you can begin to space them further and further apart and use less Botox to get the same result. 

Botox preparation tips

Before your first Botox appointment, you can and should do several things to get ready:

Talk to your doctor about your medications

Ask your physician about medications, supplements, and herbal remedies. You might have to take a short break from taking certain prescriptions prior to Botox treatment. Avoid over-the-counter medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen as well as supplements like St. John’s Wort for four days before Botox treatment.

Prepare your face ahead of time

Skip any planned facials, chemical peels, or tanning in the week leading up to your Botox treatment. Apply arnica topically to reduce any bruising, and plan on icing your face the morning of and soon after your treatment.

Use smart scheduling when booking

Most people find Botox to be minimally disruptive, and they typically go back to their day after treatment. However, since it’s your first time, you might want to schedule your procedure either at a time when you can take the rest of the day off or right before the weekend. There might be some bruising, so don’t have it done immediately before a big job interview or social event.

Ready for your first ever Botox treatment? Contact us at 818-275-2771, or use our online scheduling tool to book your appointment.

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