How to prepare for your BOTOX® cosmetic appointment

BOTOX® cosmetic treatments are an excellent solution for reducing or eliminating facial wrinkles, including crow’s feet, worry lines or laugh lines. To get the most out of your aesthetic enhancement, here are some simple tips to help you better prepare for your appointment.

Be clear during your initial consultation

During your initial BOTOX® cosmetic consultation, you will be asked a number of questions related to your overall health and specific treatment goals. Do not withhold any information from your doctor, particularly with regards to any medications you are currently taking. Some medications can cause side effects when taken in conjunction with BOTOX®, so your doctor will ask you to stop taking them for a time prior to your appointment. Examples include blood thinners, muscle relaxants and certain types of sleeping aids.

Don’t put yourself at risk by omitting information from your doctor because you are afraid you will be disqualified from treatment. You are better off postponing your appointment until it is 100% safe and you will achieve maximum results.

Take time off work for your appointment

Typically, BOTOX® cosmetic treatment appointments don’t take long and you can expect to be finished and out of the office relatively quickly. However, for the best results, you should be relaxed and have plenty of time to unwind in a calm environment after your treatment is complete. When possible, try to take the day off from work.

Keep your face clean

Do not apply any moisturizers, lotions, makeup or other facial products to your face on the day of your treatment. It is important that your face is very clean and the skin is fresh and natural when you arrive for your appointment. Do wash and dry your face as usual on the day of your treatment.

Calm your nerves

BOTOX® is a relatively simple non-surgical procedure. If you are nervous, you’ll achieve better results if you calm yourself prior to your appointment. Try listening to relaxing music, aromatherapy, stretching and breathing exercises.

Avoid cigarettes and alcohol

Smoking and drinking can hinder the healing process following your treatment and smoking will increase your risk of bruising. It would be best to avoid both activities for at least 24 hours before and after your appointment.