If it’s your first time getting Botox, however, it’s normal to feel nervous. To help ease your fear and make you feel a bit more ready, here are some ways to prepare for your first Botox treatment.
Best Ways to Prepare for Your First Botox Treatment
Schedule a Consultation
Before you can schedule your first treatment, you need to schedule a consultation. This will allow you to get more information about the procedure, share your goals and concerns with your injector, and ask what questions you have.
During your consultation, your injector will be available to help further ease your fears and address your concerns about the treatment. They’ll let you know if Botox is the right procedure to meet your cosmetic goals, and if not, they can also help guide you toward a better solution.
Be Aware of What You Eat and Drink Before and After
In the 24 to 48 hours leading up to your appointment, you need to be aware of what you eat and drink. Any blood thinning medication is advised against as it increases the risk of bleeding and bruising after your procedure. You should also avoid it 48 hours after your appointment for the same reasons.
Alcohol should also be avoided. Alcohol increases swelling and bruising and can delay your recovery, so avoid alcoholic beverages of all kinds for at least 24 hours on either end of your appointment.
Plan Out Your Schedule
Botox is a quick and simple procedure, but you can’t expect perfect results within a few hours. If there’s a specific reason you’re getting Botox, such as for a wedding or family reunion, then you should plan to undergo the procedure at least two weeks beforehand. The Botox will need about two weeks to fully settle in place and really make a difference.
The appointment itself shouldn’t be too inconvenient to schedule, as most procedures last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Your initial consultation, however, may last up to an hour, so plan your work schedule accordingly if you want to get it done over your lunch break.
Workout Before Your Appointment
If you plan on stopping by for injections on your way to the gym, think again. Botox is a liquid injection and is susceptible to moving if you put your body through strenuous exercise. To ensure it settles properly and gives you the results you want, avoid strenuous physical activity and working out for at least 24 hours.
Working out before your appointment is perfectly fine. In fact, if you’re someone who needs to exercise to stay happy or feel fresh for the day, we highly suggest you do so.
Schedule Your Follow-up Appointment Early
You’ll need a follow-up appointment about two weeks after your treatment, so don’t forget to schedule it. The appointment itself won’t last too long, but it’s important as it will allow your injector to make sure the injections are settling in correctly and everything is healing smoothly.
Schedule Your First Botox Treatment With Us
Botox treatments are simple, easy, and safe as long as you receive the treatment from a licensed professional. As the treatment is so quick and easy, there isn’t much you’ll need to do to prepare before your first treatment. Following the steps above, however, will ensure your treatment goes smoothly, and your first Botox experience goes well!
Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.