For the most part, Botox injections are safe and have very few side effects. However, like any other medical treatment, some people can have bad experiences. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your chances of having a bad experience minimal.
Only have Botox injected by someone who is experienced in the procedure. Everyone’s facial anatomy is different, and your provider should have the knowledge and experience necessary to know how the muscles in your face work together and the best way to inject so you can have the best possible results.
You Get What You Pay For
Like tattoos and sushi restaurants, Botox injections are not the kind of product you want to be bargain shopping for. Some less reputable clinics may even be injecting counterfeit Botox. The person doing your injection should have no problem showing you the vial for the product. Botox has no approved generic on the market, so make sure you are getting the authentic product, which is made by Allergan.
Follow the Directions
Your doctor will give you instructions for properly preparing for your Botox treatment and caring for yourself afterward. Discuss these instructions with your doctor, make sure you get answers to any questions you have, and follow these directions to the letter. Some of these instructions likely involve avoiding aspirin and ibuprofen or vitamin E and some types of herbs. If you take these medications prior to your Botox treatment, you could experience bruising and bleeding.
Ask your doctor how much Botox you will be getting. Typical doses are 20 units for frown lines and 15 to 20 units total to treat crow’s feet. These doses are for fairly deep lines and creases. Your doctor may recommend less. If this is your first time getting Botox, you may not need the standard dose. Your treatment may not kick in for at least a week, so be prepared, watch for changes and keep up good communication with your provider.