Crucial Information Before Cosmetic Injections

botox-terrorMost people who come to my office for Botox or filler therapy have done a considerable amount of research beforehand just to know what they are in for and what to expect.  However, even the most thorough research can be distorted by way of common misconceptions.

Before you decide to receive cosmetic injections, be it either Botox or fillers such as Juvederm, there are a few points that I would like everybody to know before I see them to help to ensure good results and satisfaction:

  1. Be realistic about what Botox and fillers can do. Don’t get me wrong. Botox and fillers can do a lot and result in a considerable improvement in appearance. However, Botox and fillers do not replace surgery. If a person’s skin has been severely damaged, or the effects of aging are too advanced, Botox and fillers will not be as effective.
  2. Botox and fillers will not be as effective if your skin is not in good condition. Specifically, if a person tans regularly, continues to smoke, and generally does not take care of their skin, Botox and fillers will not reverse these types of damage.
  3. Botox and fillers are not a “quick fix”.  When people have an upcoming important event, I always tell them to have Botox and fillers at least two weeks before the event.  First of all, Botox may take up to 1 to 2 weeks to kick in for maximal muscle relaxation effect. Although injectable fillers will show some improvements right away, full benefit is most notable at two weeks. Finally, although bruising risk is very low, I do not like to take a chance for any bruising that may be noticeable.
  4. Pre- and post-care are both necessary in order to avoid the most common negative side effects. In the weeks before any injection therapy such as Botox and fillers I like to have people avoid any blood thinning type medications that may increase risk of bruising. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and all other anti-inflammatory medications.  In terms of diet, I recommend eating lots of Leafy-green vegetables which have high levels of vitamin K, a vitamin important for preventing or reducing bruises. Drinking lots of fluids before and after these procedures is also important as your body works best with these medications when fully hydrated.

I hope these tips are helpful. The best aesthetic effects occur when you pay attention to your skin before and after these procedures.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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