Preparing for Botox and Dermal Filler

ImageHave you made the determination to finally go for it and get Botox and/or filler for the first time?  Or, have you had these treatments before and want to make sure things go as smoothly as possible at your next appointment?  There are a few things you can do prior to having your Botox and filler injections to help bring about a favorable outcome.

First and foremost, do some legwork to find out who the expert injectors are in your area.  Use Groupon for pedicures and activities, but beware of choosing a Botox or filler injector based on the cheapest price.  While many wonderful companies have offered special deals on Groupon and the like, it isn’t recommended to go to any old clinic based on a deal.  Go because you’ve had friends or acquaintances who have gotten great results and recommended someone to you. Once you have found the right place to go and had things turn out well, chances are they will offer specials from time to time that you can take advantage of.

Once you have selected a place to get your injectables, go in for a consultation prior to your first treatment, if possible, in order to find out if a clinic is a good match for you.  Do you feel confident and comfortable with the injector?  Is the injector a doctor or an RN specially trained in the art and administration of injectables?  Is the staff professional and courteous?  Are there before and after pictures you can peruse?  The injector should be able to give you a ballpark estimate for what you can expect to spend. It’s always a good idea to bring pictures for reference.  One person’s idea of a perfect lip may be someone else’s idea of completely overdone.  Of course having pictures will help give you and the injector a point of reference.  If you have pictures of yourself, either at a younger age or after Botox or filler treatments where you loved the outcome, that is very helpful as well.

While Botox (and other similar types of injections used to smooth expression lines) take a few days to fully activate, dermal fillers are instantaneous, though you should anticipate the possibility of bruising or swelling.  Plan big events accordingly.  It is good to give yourself approximately 4 weeks between your injection appointment and your special occassion, in case you need to have anything touched up, and in case you bruise or swell. 

To minimize bruising and swelling, you should stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin, Vitamin E, fish oil, and anything that thins the blood.  Always check with your doctor if you are on prescription blood thinners.  Additionally, you can begin taking the herbal supplement arnica before your appointment, and take it afterward to help minimize bruising and inflammation. Always follow the instructions on the label. Arnica gels and creams can also be applied topically.  Eating pineapple and papaya is also said to reduce swelling.

Many offices that offer injectables also carry makeup, and should be able to give you tips on how to camoflage bruising, should you end up with some.  A favorite line in the industry is Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.


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