The first time Botox was introduced, it was done as a medicinal treatment for problems such as lazy eyes, profuse sweating, migraines, and seizures. During these treatments, physicians started to notice that it also had another benefit: stopping muscles from contracting, making the skin look younger. While Botox is still used medicinally, it is now mainly seen as the Fountain of Youth. Millions of men and women have sought out the best Botox treatment Orange County CA has to offer to make themselves look younger. Here are a few key things to be aware of before you go yourself.

Preparing Yourself

First of all, you have to make sure that you choose the right type of treatment, which will depend on what your desired results are. For instance, you may be more suitable for a filler than a Botox injection. Botox is made from the Botulinum bacteria, which is a highly toxic bacterium. It is purified and diluted, after which it is injected into the muscles to relax them. This stops certain fine lines, but it won’t fill them or make lips plumper.

If you definitely want Botox, then you need to find a registered professional to complete it. A good professional will always offer you a free consultation. You should use this time to have all your questions answered about the procedure, as well as to get to know your physician. Make sure that the person you speak to is actually the person who will administer the product. In many cases, you can have the procedure completed straight after your consultation should you so choose, but you can also wait.

Before you have treatment, you may need to stop certain medications one to two weeks prior. Those medications include:

  • Excedrin
  • Aspirin
  • St John’s Wort
  • Ibuprofen
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Ginseng
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Alcohol

Ready for Beautiful Skin?

You should, if at all possible, use products to improve your skin before you have Botox. Botox will smooth out wrinkles, but it will not make your skin smooth or glowing. All it does is tighten your skin and make some of the wrinkles disappear. If you have large pores or dark spots, you will still have them after the treatment. Hence, make sure your clean and exfoliate and consider having a chemical peel a few weeks before you have Botox.

What to Expect Afterwards

Your physician will give you the necessary aftercare procedures to follow, and you should stick to those. Commonly, you will be told:

  • To not lie down for two to four hours after your injections, so that the Botox does not migrate.
  • To not rub your eyes for six hours at least.
  • To not touch the injection site for six hours at least.
  • To avoid the sun and sunbeds until your redness and/or swelling is gone.
  • To avoid the gym for a day so that you keep your heart rate and core temperature low.

One final thing to remember is that you won’t see the full effects of your treatment straight away. Give it three to five days to really see how