Wrinkles come as part of the inevitable process of aging. As a person gets older, their skin dries out and becomes less elastic. Wrinkles can form around the eyes, on the forehead, and near the lips. If they are scaring the patient, it may be time to solve the problem. Botox is an injectable material that relaxes muscles and prevents laugh lines, and it has been clinically proven to decrease the visibility of moderate-to-severe wrinkles. However, to avoid looking scary, 1st-time patients should know certain things before scheduling a treatment.

#1 Botox is Very Safe

The FDA has approved Botox for use in the area between the eyes, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Under the right clinical treatment conditions, Botox can also be used in the treatment of excess perspiration, shoulder and neck pain, and migraines. Despite its safety, patients who don’t properly notify practitioners about any pre-existing muscular conditions, could run the risk of looking SCARY after having Botox.

#2 Only Certified Medical Pros Should Use Botox

The administration is a medical treatment that takes about a half hour, and it should be performed by a licensed medical professional, like Dr. Patt. Patients should know who is providing the treatment, and they should choose a doctor with experience in the use of Botox. Patients who choose to have this treatment performed outside of a professional in a licensed facility could wake up to a nightmare.

#3 It Doesn’t Make Things Go Numb

Contrary to a widely held belief, injections prevent the muscles in the area from moving, but it does not provide a feeling of numbness. If you start to experience tingling or numbness after treatment, don’t remain fearful and in the dark, contact your doctor right away.

#4 Side Effects Are Generally Minor

Botox injections are administered using a fine needle, which may cause some redness, swelling, bleeding, and bruising in some patients. However, every patient is different and not all will experience these effects. Some may have a headache during the first day after treatment because the muscles are relaxing, but ill effects will quickly diminish. Certain vitamins may increase a patient’s likelihood of bruising, and the patient should not drink alcohol immediately before the procedure. The more you know about Botox during your consultation with the doctor, the less chance of feeling afraid.

The effects of a Houston Botox treatment can last roughly three months, and there is no significant recovery time. It can take up to ten days for the injections to take their full effect. However, for those looking for Botox and facial fillers, the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can provide professional treatment that won’t make patients look scary this Halloween!