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5 Things to Know Before Having Your First Botox Treatment

Botox is a minimally invasive and safe anti-aging treatment that can address concerns such as crow’s feet and frown lines. If you are considering this cosmetic procedure, here are five things you should know about it first.

Botox is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment used to improve the look of fine lines and superficial wrinkling on the face caused by everyday expressions such as smiling, frowning, and squinting. Some of the main concerns this anti-aging treatment works to correct include: 

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines 
  • Facial asymmetry 

A Powerful Anti-Aging Cosmetic Treatment 

In addition to eliminating any signs of aging that are becoming apparent, Botox can also be used in the prevention of wrinkles. When injected into the treatment site, it can prohibit you from making certain facial gestures that cause wrinkles, keeping your skin smooth and youthful-looking. 

Customized Botox and Other Anti-Aging Treatments in Calgary 

At Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic, we offer a range of fully customized, safe, and excellent anti-aging treatments, including Botox, chemical peelsJuvederm, and IPL photorejuvenation. Whatever your concerns, be it the loss of facial volume or wrinkles, we can help instantly rejuvenate your skin for a more youthful and refreshed look. 

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5 Things You Should Know When Using Botox for the First Time

Botox is a quick and relatively pain-free anti-aging treatment that works to minimize the visible signs of aging on your face, including wrinkles and fine lines. If you don’t like the idea of going under the knife to shave years off your face, Botox could be the perfect alternative. 

However, as with all cosmetic treatments, the decision to undergo a Botox treatment shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before you opt for this procedure, here are five things you should know when using Botox for the first time: 

1. Consultations Are Extremely Important 

The first step to a Botox treatment should always be a consultation. This in-depth appointment is extremely important to ensure the safest results from your procedure. During the consultation: 

  • You can assess the credentials and experience of your skin care specialist 
  • Your skin care specialist can assess your expressions to see how your face moves naturally, allowing them to place the injections correctly
  • All your concerns and questions about the treatment can be answered
  • A health assessment will be carried out, and you will be asked about any medications you are taking to ensure that nothing interacts with the Botox
  • Your aesthetic needs will be assessed to determine if they can be effectively corrected with this anti-aging treatment

After the consultation, you will be given time to digest the information you have received, allowing you to make a fully considered decision about whether the treatment is right for you. 

2. The Price of Botox Can Vary 

When you opt for a Botox treatment, it can be charged either by the unit or by the treatment area. The cost of your procedure will also vary depending on: 

  • The quality of the Botox being used
  • Whether it’s being administered by a dermatologist 
  • Where the clinic or practice is located

Keep in mind that big cities tend to be more expensive and board-certified injectors charge more for their services. 

The Skills of Your Botox Injector Matter

When you are looking for a Botox professional, the price shouldn’t be your number one concern. Finding a reputable practitioner is more important because if the Botox isn’t injected properly, complications can arise. Botox is a simple procedure, but if it is performed incorrectly, the results can be unappealing and the side effects dangerous. 

3. Bruising Can Occur Following a Botox Treatment

Botox is injected just below the skin’s surface using an ultra-fine needle, so it usually doesn’t result in bruising the same way as fillers. However, in certain cases, the needle can hit a blood vessel, resulting in bruising. This is only temporary and will dissipate within a few days. 

You May Also Experience Some Redness and Swelling

Following a Botox treatment, you are more likely to experience some redness or swelling in the treatment area than a bruise. These side effects will disappear within a few hours of your injection, and, more often than not, you will be able to return to your daily activities.

4. Good After-Care Is Key 

Once Botox has been injected into your muscles, it will need time to settle. To allow it to do so, there are certain steps you must follow. This includes: 

  • Avoid touching your face, especially in the treatment area 
  • Do not participate in any strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours 
  • Not using makeup on the treatment area 
  • Do not lie down for at least the first four hours after your treatment 

It’s important to follow your practitioner’s after-care advice because any of the above activities could cause Botox to spread to unintended areas in your face, weakening its effects. 

5. Botox Results Don’t Last Forever and It Isn’t Reversible 

Unlike surgical procedures, such as facelifts, Botox injections are not permanent. While the duration of the results varies amongst patients, most injections last between 3-6 months, with the average being 12 weeks. 

How long your results last may also depend on what areas were injected, how many units were used, and the quality of Botox used. 

Botox Is Not Reversible

Another important factor you should consider is that Botox is not reversible. If you are unhappy with your results or any complications arise, you will have to wait until the neurotoxin wears off before those reactions can go away. 

That’s why it’s so important to always work with a highly skilled and trained Botox provider, as this will lower your risk factors and increase the likelihood that you will be pleased with the outcome. 

Book a Botox Consultation 

If you want to learn more about the benefits, risks, and costs of this anti-aging treatment or find out if it can help you address your aesthetic concerns, book a consultation with one of our skin specialists today by calling us at (403) 253-2555 or fill in our online contact form.

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