Every year, 1 million Americans get Botox.

Recent reports from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery also show that Botox has increased significantly in popularity. In the last five years, procedures have gone up by almost 41 percent.

People get Botox for all kinds of reasons—cosmetic, as a treat, for a confidence boost, or even for various physical health reasons, such as relieving headaches. Most often, though, recipients cite their reason for getting Botox is to please themselves. That’s a powerful skill to have.

If you’re considering getting Botox, keep reading. 

A First-Timer’s Quick Guide to Getting Botox

With all the buzz about Botox, it’s only natural that you’re curious about it.

Below, we discuss the process and logistics, so you know what to expect on your first time.

What Is Botox?

Botox is one of many different types of injectables with a similar mission—to temporarily improve the appearance of:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Facial creases

Botox can treat a variety of cases, from moderate to severe. Botox is a prescription medication used in small doses that gets injected into the facial muscles.

What’s the Process?

The Botox procedure targets specific muscles, paralyzing or weakening them, which loosens up the tension forming wrinkles.

Because of this, Botox works for wrinkles explicitly caused by muscle tightness and contraction—not sun damage, for example. The process itself is relatively painless, requiring no anesthesia, and takes only minutes. The patient leaves when it’s over; minor side effects might include pain at the injection site, bruising, and swelling.

What Comes After?

In general, Botox lasts for about three to six months, depending on where you get it. 

Professionals will inform the patient on how to care for any side effects. Patients are instructed to avoid strenuous exercise, rubbing the face, drinking alcohol, and taking anti-inflammatories. 

As the Botox begins to wear off, wrinkles’ appearance can and might return, prompting the need for more Botox injections. Botox is typically done regularly to stave off the appearance of facial lines.

Are You a Candidate for Botox?

In the poll we referenced earlier, we mentioned that most people got Botox injections to please themselves. Getting Botox for the sake of someone else falls low on the priority list.

That being said, you’re a candidate for Botox if you want it. Getting Botox is your choice to make. As long as you seek out the information, do your research, and find a quality provider, the process is safe, standard, and most importantly, a personal decision.

Finding a Specialist

One of the essential pieces of the puzzle is who administers your Botox injections. Finding a specialist is crucial to getting the results you want. The right place will help you make informed decisions about your body and what procedures you hope to get.

Look for teams with glowing reviews, certifications and credentials you can trust, and testimonies from prior patients. You should be able to see before-and-afters that demonstrate their expertise. Find a place that works with your schedule, budgets, and needs—and don’t settle for anything but the best in all areas.

Let’s Talk Botox

In general, you can expect your first time to look something like this.

Results can vary slightly from person to person, which you’ll discuss with your medical professional. Overall, though, getting Botox is a straightforward process made more accessible by choosing a high-quality provider. They’ll provide you with everything you need to make the experience a pleasant one.

Contact us at MD Wellness & Aesthetics for a customized, informative consultation.