In a crowded field of anti-aging treatments, Botox is still among the most effective options to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. At Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, we believe in the freedom to choose how aging impacts personal appearance. Botox is ideal to reverse frown lines on your forehead and between your eyebrows. It also takes care of those pesky crow’s feet that sometimes crop up around the eye area.
The result is skin that looks younger – sometimes by years – and an overall improved physical appearance. While the treatment is generally a seamless process, it still helps for first-timers to know exactly what to expect prior to the initial visit.
Start With a Consultation
A consultation is a must prior to initial treatment. Even if you’ve had Botox before or have already educated yourself on the process, a consultation is essential so we can get to know you. Success with this anti-aging method is characterized by an ongoing relationship. This is especially important once we set up a routine injection schedule.
The consultation helps to ensure we clearly understand your goals and expectations. A consultation is also the perfect time to learn more about our treatment process. This is a key time to ask questions, express any concerns you might have, and get a detailed accounting of what to expect from your results. Your complete comfort and safety is our priority.
During the consultation, we will request your health and medical history. This information helps us ensure this treatment plan is the best option for you. Prepare to list current medications and past surgical procedures. We will also ask about existing health conditions and other anti-aging treatments you may have tried. We will work with you to analyze the areas of your face targeted for Botox. We will also discuss an ideal treatment outcome before getting started.
First Appointments Are Longer
Your first appointment may run slightly longer than subsequent visits. We want to make sure you understand everything about the treatment before getting started. While we cover a great deal during the consultation, you may have more questions once you’ve had time to think about this approach further. We walk you through every step of the process once again.
Since the first appointment is also a review of the consultation, we re-confirm health history and targeted areas identified during the consultation.
What to Consider Before Getting Botox
Treatment Can Be Preventative
With aging, prevention really is the best approach. It is much easier to stop skincare issues associated with aging before they start. This is preferable to eradicating the signs once they’ve already become more prevalent than you might prefer. Your first round of injections can be completely preventative.
You needn’t wait until a certain age or point in your life. Many people start with this process in their 20s. This is the point at which facial lines deepen in the skin. The treatment allows a continuation of the quintessential effervescent youthful glow to continue well past your 20s and possibly into middle age.
Starting this regimen early may prevent lines and wrinkles from even showing up on your face. It will also address any lines already showing on the skin.
You May Want “Before” Photos
One of the best ways to compare your astounding results is with “before” and “after” photos. These pictures show the benefit of the procedure. We understand that some people may be skeptical about taking a “before” photo. This is especially true for those already contending with deep lines and wrinkles.
However, these photo comparisons highlight the benefit of treatment. They may also help uncover other areas that could be enhanced with an injection. Sometimes, there are areas that didn’t stand out as much prior to your first treatment. Initial photos also help to track your results over time. You can see your long-term difference with this approach. “Before” photos will ultimately highlight your satisfaction in choosing this anti-aging method to address lines and wrinkles on your face.
Your First Time Likely Won’t Be Your Last Time
This anti-aging wonder works miracles on facial lines, but only temporarily. While the effects last longer than the typical anti-aging product, there is still a need for return visits. The lasting effects of this approach are different for everyone. Results depend on an array of factors, including age, placement of treatment, and the condition of your skin.
After discussing the desired outcome, plan to return for another round of injections in three to four months. An official timeline is something we discuss during your first visit once we know you are happy with the results. It’s best to get on a regular schedule of injections for optimal effect. If you enjoy the results from this regimen, you don’t want to wait until they’ve all but disappeared before making an appointment to do it again.
A consistent injection schedule will offer a lasting youthful look and avoid any sudden appearance of lines or wrinkles. A schedule will also help you plan around special events, so you receive your injections prior to appearances where you want to look your best.
Botox Is an Injectable
This product is sometimes mistaken for a filler; however, it is actually a muscle relaxer. Wrinkles and lines form in the skin because of muscle contractions associated with facial movements. Over the years, these various expressions take a toll on your skin. We resolve this issue by inserting Botox into the muscle to calm it temporarily.
The process mitigates the appearance of lines in the area. Results are commonly visible within days (and sometimes even hours) after your initial appointment. You can definitely expect to see results within two weeks of your first visit.
Your Personal Treatment
Botox is not usually just one injection. We commonly target more than one area of the face. As a result, the process involves a series of several small injections in the different areas for improvement. This is something we will discuss during your consultation and again at the start of your first visit.
You will decide in which areas of the face you want to see changes and to what extent. This will ultimately determine the number of injections you receive during each visit. There is no limit to the number of injections you can receive during treatment. However, we try to accomplish our goal with a minimal level of invasiveness.
How to Prepare
Eat a Light Meal and Hydrate
This is a seemingly simple directive. It’s also one many people skip prior to their first visit. Ultimately, your skin is at its best when you are taking good care of it. Prior to your appointment, drink lots of water and eat a light meal.
You’ll feel better, a full stomach will soothe your nerves, and hydrated skin will respond much better to treatment.
Wash Your Face
Wash your face before your appointment. Remove as much make-up and skincare product as possible. It’s important to start with a clean face to help identify target areas for the injections. This step also prevents interaction with bacteria.
As an added layer of protection, we will also clean your skin with a special cleanser before we inject it. This assures we’ve removed all impurities, such as cosmetic residue. We take every measure to appropriately sterilize areas of injection. This approach further underscores our commitment to a safe process.
During the Visit
Numbing The Injection Site Is an Option
We inject Botox with a micro-needle for the injection. Most people feel very little during the process. The needle is so small you won’t even notice it as you continue to come in for injections. Not only do we use the smallest possible needle, but our extensive experience in administering this product ensures your comfort during the visit.
However, we recognize some patients are still nervous, especially during the first visit. We can administer a topical cream to numb the skin about 15 minutes prior to the injection. This guarantees you don’t feel the needle enter the skin.
Apply Ice/Pressure Immediately After the Injection
We apply ice and light pressure to the injection site(s) immediately after the treatment to discourage any swelling. This is common and painless and takes just a few minutes; after which you can leave and resume your day.
Following Your Appointment
This is the part of the process people love the most! Aside from a few best practices to get optimal results, there’s nothing to do after your appointment. You just enjoy your enhanced appearance and continue your day. In fact, some people squeeze in a quick visit during lunch.
We recommend allotting extra time for your initial appointment and consultation. However, we can easily work subsequent appointments into your day just as you would any work meeting. There’s no downtime or recovery involved with this approach. There’s no follow-up needed other than scheduling your next visit to continue looking your best as you age.
While there is no recovery process, we are always available for questions you might have following your visit or if you have any concerns about the results. There are also some best practices we recommend you follow, including:
Avoid Massaging Your Face
You may be tempted to touch your newly smoothed out skin, but give the treatment a few hours to settle in your facial muscles. Don’t massage or aggressively rub your face after your appointment to give the process time to work properly.
Don’t Lay Down for a Few Hours
Avoid laying down for up to four hours following your visit. Remaining upright allows the treatment to settle properly in your facial muscles and guarantees the best outcome.
Don’t Engage in Strenuous Exercise for 24 Hours
It’s fine to take a walk or enjoy a very low-impact workout, but don’t engage in any strenuous activity for up to 24 hours following the treatment. Again, this allows the treatment to balance out properly in your muscles without interruption from aggressive activity.
Additional Health Benefits
Enhanced appearance is just one benefit of Botox. For some people, there are other advantages to this regimen. It has been used to combat frequent migraines and help with chronic facial discomfort. It may also reduce muscle spasms. If you deal with any of these issues, let us know during your initial consultation. This allows us to determine if this anti-aging approach can do more than just remove lines and wrinkles from your face.
There’s a reason this anti-aging approach is among the most popular of the many options available. It’s easy, painless and has provided millions of people with younger-looking skin in mere minutes. After all, your personal appearance is your calling card, and you should have full control over the way you look with age. To schedule a Botox consultation, contact Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX today.