Thinking about Botox? Have questions? We’ve created a list of the top things to know before getting Botox:
Choose your Botox provider carefully
There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a provider. You will see plastic surgeons, dermatologists and even spas offering the treatment. So how do you pick? While Botox injections are simple procedures, they still need to be performed by trained and experienced medical professionals. Our nurse injectors, Natalie Capitosti and Lauren Moxley, are both registered nurses with extensive training in cosmetic injectables.
Botox is preventative
Prevention is the best defense! While Botox injections can help erase dynamic wrinkles and fine lines, they can also prevent them from forming. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. Since the injected muscle can’t contract, Botox works by stopping the mechanism that causes fine lines and wrinkles in the first place. There is no magic age for starting Botox, but a good indicator of when it’s time to start is when fine lines begin to appear—usually in a person’s 20s and 30s.
Botox lasts awhile (but not forever)
Botox is a protein that binds to the receptors of the muscle cells. Like other proteins, our bodies break down Botox over time. A typical Botox treatment can last 4-6 months, so that being said—yes, you will have to come in for another appointment to continue seeing results. The good news is that with continued and consistent Botox treatment, you could see an increase in longevity.
There are a few restrictions after Botox
You should avoid lying down for 4 hours after treatment. For the first 24 hours, hold off on exercise and don’t take ibuprofen, aspirin or vitamin E. Also, avoid applying pressure or massage to the areas for 48 hours following treatment. Other than that, you are free to resume your day, so no need to take off work or school.
Botox is easy
At Augusta Plastic Surgery, a Botox treatment typically takes 5-10 minutes with minimal pain that subsides quickly. As for side effects, you may experience some minor swelling and bruising that should decrease in the hours after treatment. You may see results within 24 hours to 1 week after injection, but it could possibly take up to 14 days.
Botox is a relatively simple procedure, but it’s always important to do your homework and trust the medical professional you choose. At Augusta Plastic Surgery, our skilled nurse injectors are passionate about educating our clients and making them feel as comfortable as possible. You can make a Botox appointment on our website or by calling our office at 706-724-5611. We also offer a Walk-In Botox Bar on Thursdays from 1-5pm and Fridays 8am-3pm if you suddenly find time in your schedule to pop in!