Despite the popularly negative views on Botox, it has helped plenty of patients achieve their desired look without poor results. Whether it is tighter skin or fewer wrinkles, we’ll show you how to get the best results from Botox.
Good vs Bad Results
We understand that when it comes to determining what looks good or not, it’s all a matter of opinion. Yet, it is imperative that we define these two terms so that we have a guideline to follow in order to achieve the best cosmetic results. So, what exactly is “good” and “bad”?
Good: The main goal of Botox, when used cosmetically, is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. If, after receiving the injection(s), your personal expectations are met, we’ll consider that a “good result”. This also includes no long term negative side effects like nausea, headaches, facial muscle spasms, and more.
Bad: Even if the main goal of cosmetic Botox has been accomplished, there are various situations that could arise afterward that may lead to an overall negative outcome. This includes drooping eyelids or unresponsive facial muscles, or facial tightness (creating a pulling effect on the face.)
Now that we have an idea of what we want to achieve with Botox, let’s take a look at the top four ways to get the best results from your Botox treatment.
Top four ways to get the best results from your Botox treatment
- Find a Board Certified Doctor - This is the most important step you can take when looking to receive Botox injections. An unqualified injector will not have the proper training or knowledge required to safely administer Botox. This means they run the risk of over-injecting or injecting in the wrong area where there may be blood vessels or nerves. Do your due diligence and find a certified physician. Don’t be afraid to ask to see credentials; anyone who has them won’t be afraid to show them. Also, be wary of costs. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. The bottom line? Don’t cut corners when it comes to choosing a doctor or clinic.
- Know Before You Go - It is a good idea to know your problem areas and the changes you would like to see before speaking to your doctor. With this prior knowledge, you’ll be able to explain exactly what you want and what you expect. Good communication like this increases your chances of seeing the results you desire.
- Take it Slow - We know how exciting it can be to get your youthful look back. Despite that excitement, be sure to take things slow. Do not receive all of your treatment in a single day. Even if it is safe to do so, it’d be wise to focus on one area first and wait for the effects to show. This will give you time to review the initial treatment and decide if further injections are necessary. For example, before treatment, you and your doctor may have decided on the best areas that require injections: the corners of the mouth and the eyebrows. After receiving the mouth injections, you notice that your youthful appearance has returned and there’s no need for the eyebrow injections. If you hadn’t taken your time, you would have paid for and received unnecessary injections. So take your time. It only takes 3 to 7 days for results to show.
- Don’t Over-do It - The effects of Botox are temporary. As it begins to fade, your wrinkles will reappear. In many individuals, a sense of urgency grows, sending them back to receive more injections. As long as the time between each round of treatment exceeds 3 months, there’s not much to worry about. However, over time, with continuous use, the body will begin to develop a resistance to the injections, making it less effective. This limited effect may cause patients to want to up the dosage or frequency of treatment, thus leading to the possibilities of those bad results we discussed.
In the end, positive results from Botox is a matter of responsibility both from the patient and the doctor. Stay level-headed and find a clinic you can trust. If you’re in the Cincinnati area or a surrounding city, you can count on the experts at The Dermatology Group to safely guide you through treatment options, advice, and resources. Call us today for a consultation.