5 Times You Should Not Get Botox

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Botox is the number one cosmetic procedure, as it works incredibly well to smooth wrinkles and prevent them from becoming further etched into the skin. When administered by an experienced licensed professional, the procedure is quick and effective with little risk of adverse reaction.

That said, there are instances when someone should not get Botox. Read the list below getting injected.

1) When You're Pregnant
No official studies have been conducted on Botox or fillers during pregnancy, for obvious reasons. Therefore, it’s best to stay away during pregnancy as risk to the unborn fetus is unknown.

2) Right Before Major Physical Activity
Again, no official studies have been done on the impact of physical exercise following a Botox treatment, but it’s recommended you wait approximately 24 hours to avoid the chance of Botox migrating to other areas of the face. If you cannot wait 24 hours, it’s best to reschedule for another time.

3) If You Need Volume Correction or Surgery
Botox can do a lot but it won’t lift saggy skin. Nor will it fill in deep folds and wrinkles in the face, which is what fillers are for. It’s best to consult with a qualified injector who can set realistic expectations and make appropriate recommendations to help you acheive your goals.

4) If You Want Immediate Results For An Event
Because Botox takes some time to kick in, do not schedule your appointment the same day you have an event that you're hoping to look refreshed for. Try to schedule your appointment approximately one to two weeks prior to your event to ensure effectiveness. This will also allow any bruising to heal, should any bruising result with treatment. Taking arnica a few days before can minimize your risk of bruising, as well as avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, and fish oil for about one week prior to treatment.

5) If You Really Don't Need It
Botox is a great preventative treatment for keeping lines and wrinkles from ever forming. It can also lift the brow a bit if you're desiring a non-surgical lifting effect. But don’t start too early just for the sake of doing it. Otherwise, you're just wasting money you could be investing in skincare or facials.


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Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon