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What You Need To Know Before Your First Botox Appointment

How should you prepare for your first Botox treatment? If you're new to botulinum toxin type A injections, take a look at what you need to know before your initial appointment.

Choose Your Provider Wisely

Who should provide or administer this type of cosmetic injectable? Even though this isn't an invasive treatment, botulinum toxin type A isn't something just anyone should inject. Before you choose a provider, ask the following questions:

  1. What does the state require? Make sure the provider is licensed by the state or follows your state's guidelines for providers.
  2. What type of training does the provider have? Even though the provider may have an M.D. at the end of their name, they may not have specific training in cosmetic injectables. Choose a dermatologist or doctor/provider with specialized expertise in injectable use.
  3. What products does the provider use? Make sure your Botox provider uses high quality, official products. Knock-offs or bargain botulinum toxin type A injections may not give you the expected results.

After you choose your provider, it's time to take the next step — and get ready for your injection.

Prep for the Appointment Day

Some cosmetic procedures require sedation or anesthesia. But botulinum toxin type A injections won't. This means you won't need to worry about what or when you eat or drink before your procedure day. You also won't need to schedule a driver to transport you home safely after your injection. Even though major pre-procedure prep isn't necessary, you should do the following:

  1. Ask your provider about medications. The doctor or other medical/cosmetic provider may ask you to stop taking blood thinners or other medications that have a blood-thinning effect in the weeks before your treatment day. Discuss the risks and benefits of medication changes with your healthcare provider.
  2. Remove makeup from the injection area. The doctor or provider will need a clear view of the injection site. Remove foundation, powder, concealer, tinted moisturizers, or any other products from your face before your appointment.
  3. Avoid harsh cleansers. Don't go into your appointment with irritated, red skin. Avoid harsh chemical treatments, exfoliators, or anything else that could aggravate your face.
  4. Choose comfortable clothes. Even though this type of injection won't take long, you'll want to feel comfortable during the appointment. While you don't necessarily need to wear sweats, choose clothes that won't make you squirm while you're in the procedure chair.

Talk to your doctor or provider about the prep steps they expect you to follow. This will give you a better idea of what to expect and help you to maximize your appointment time.

For more information about Botox, talk to a dermatologist.