Biggest Botox Mistakes

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Botox is one of the most common treatments now available for facial enhancement. In this article we discuss some of the biggest mistakes people make when having Botox treatments.

Not understanding what Botox does

Before having a cosmetic treatment such as Botox it is important to understand exactly what it does and what it does not do. A lot of this education is done at the in-office consultation, but there is also a lot of information (and misinformation) available online. Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. The most common wrinkles addressed with Botox are the horizontal lines seen on the forehead when we raise our brows, the vertical lines (“frown lines”) seen between the brows when we frown, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when we smile or squint.

Being afraid of the results of Botox

One of the most common concerns patients have with Botox treatments is that they do not want to look “done” like some people they see on television or in the news. It is important to understand that you cannot tell if someone has had a “good” Botox treatment. This is because Botox treatments are designed to enhance a person’s look and to appear natural, not as if they had plastic surgery.

Going to the wrong office for a Botox treatment

It is natural to always want the best in any product or service. The most important thing desired is the best result. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of what a good Botox result looks like. This is because a good Botox result should look like no treatment has been done. Instead, after a good Botox treatment you should look refreshed and rested. Many people search for the best value in their Botox treatment, but it is critical to understand that this should not be the most important factor. This is because Botox treatments vary from one office to another office. Botox is not a product or commodity, rather a service that is performed by a medical professional. Just like a haircut must be done by someone with experience and expertise to get the desired result, so does a Botox treatment. Unfortunately, the common adage is true that you get what you pay for. Look for a doctor with specific training and expertise in Botox and other cosmetic treatments. In general, the more training the better; for example doctors have more training than nurses. Look at their before and after photographs as well as third party reviews and testimonials.

Telling the doctor what to do

One of the biggest mistakes people make is telling the doctor what to do when having a Botox treatment. What I mean is not that you want to lift your brows or improve you wrinkles. Instead many people tell the doctor where to place the Botox and how much Botox to use. Each doctor is different and has their own experience and expertise. It is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations in order to get the best results.

Starting Botox treatments too late

Many people think that Botox is a treatment for those in their 50’s or older. This is not the case at all. We have many patients in their 20’s who get Botox treatments. The most common is the person who makes a lot of facial expressions and has developed wrinkles which make her appear older. Additionally, there are a lot of younger people who have Botox treatments for preventive purposes, and this is fine too.

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