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Are you considering Botox? The most popular cosmetic procedure in the country, Botox is also one of the most requested services around. A chemical derivative of botulinum toxin, Botox isn’t harmful to your health and doesn’t cause botulism. When the procedure is done by a qualified specialist, it doesn’t create an unnatural look, but improves the look of your skin. It can be done when you notice signs of aging, or as a preventative treatment in your late 20s or early 30s. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure.

Before Botox

Before your appointment you’ll have a consultation with a specialist, to make sure that Botox is a safe option for you. You’ll be able to ask questions as well as discussing your expectations of the treatment, and you’ll answer some questions about:

  • Medications: All the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Medical conditions: All medical conditions will be discussed: if you have any nerve or muscle conditions, or have had trouble breathing or swallowing in the past, Botox may not be for you. Any weakness in your forehead muscles, drooping eyelids, or trouble raising your eyebrows should also be disclosed.
  • Surgical history: Any elective procedures or medically necessary surgeries on your face, whether planned or completed, must be shared with your specialist.
  • Pregnancy: Botox is not recommended for pregnant women, so if you are pregnant, nursing, or plan to become pregnant, tell your specialist.

During your Treatment

Botox appointments are typically quick and easy, completed in 20 minutes or less. Here’s what to expect:

  • You’ll review what was discussed at your consultation appointment.
  • The specialist will identify and mark the areas to be treated, then use a mild cleanser on them.
  • To prevent discomfort, ice or numbing cream may be used on the targeted areas.
  • A narrow micro-needle will be used to inject Botox directly into the facial muscles, in one to three injections.
  • To discourage swelling, ice and pressure will be applied.

After Botox

There’s no downtime or recovery period for Botox, and you’ll see results within the first week. To avoid causing unintended damage or side effects, avoid rubbing the treated areas, don’t lie down within four hours of treatment, and wait 24 hours to exercise. Side effects are typically mild and temporary, and include bruising, redness, minor swelling, or numbness. For side effects like rashes, major swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek emergency medical care.

The results of Botox last for about three months, so scheduling regular treatments is important for continuous results. When you’re ready for Botox, you can trust Arlington Dermatology. For over 40 years, our Board-Certified dermatologists have been serving patients, making the health and welfare of our patients our top priority. We offer innovative methods of treatment, using state of the art medical equipment, in our conveniently located, patient-friendly facility in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. For more information, contact us through our website or call 847-392-5440.

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