Refrain from having Botox - if you suffer from any Neuromuscular conditions such as Myasthenia Gravis or Easton-Lambert syndrome; are pregnant or nursing.
Be aware - that some tenderness, bruising, temporary headaches can occur however typically resolve quickly.
Report any serious and or immediate allergic reactions - These reactions include itchy rash, swelling, and shortness of breath. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Be transparent with your injector - For your safety, tell your injector as much about your medical history and medications as possible so he/she can determine whether you are a good candidate to receive cosmetic Botox. Tell your injector: What medication, supplements, herbs, etc. you are taking What allergies you have If you have any medical conditions, illnesses, or diseases If you have or will have any medical procedures (i.e. recent Botox, surgery, other treatments, etc.) If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to conceive Anything else you can think of
Tell your injector if this is your first time getting Botox - Some injectors may be more conservative with first time Botox patients to gauge how the patient will react to the Botox and to give a better long-term result.
Make sure Botox is the right treatment for you - A reputable and experienced Botox injector will know what Botox can do for your skin and what it can't. For instance, you may be better off getting fillers instead of Botox for certain wrinkles on your face, so make sure you and your injector discuss the best therapy for your skin issues.
Ensure your injector understands your preferences - Make sure both you and your injector are clear about what facial areas you want to treat, how you ideally want them to be fixed, and what the ideal result may be. Different people have different aesthetic preferences. For instance, some people prefer little to no movement in the treated area, others prefer maintaining expression; both are fine –just be clear which you prefer!
Have realistic expectations about what Botox can do - Botox results can be drastically good, but your post-Botox results may not be as perfect as you expect them to be. Having realistic expectations about your results will save you from unnecessary disappointment.
Be aware – You may have small reddish bumps that can last a few minutes to an hour post injection.
Stop taking medication that can “thin” the blood (unless prescribed by a physician) - A week before you get Botox injections, avoid: Alcohol Aspirin or NSAIDS (Excedrin, Advil, Aleve or Motrin) St. John's Wart Vitamin E Fish oil or Omega-3s, Ginko Bilboa or Ginseng. This will minimize any potential post-Botox bruising. If you must take pain medication, Tylenol is okay.
Don’t stop taking any prescribed medication (even ones listed above). While your injector wants to avoid bruising you, it is better to have a few small bruises than interfere with your health.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Make a list of questions you want to ask your injector and bring it with you to your Botox consultation. Ask how much the treatment will cost, how many units of Botox you will need. Ask about side effects, risks, and how you should take care of your skin after Botox and how often someone with your skin condition should get Botox.
At your appointment, bring your wrinkles; we will take care of the rest!