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When looking in the mirror, we all eventually have to face the dreadful appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With all the medical advances in anti-aging, now you can take years off your face and get a fresh, rejuvenated look using Botox. Over the years, Botox has become a popular, effective and affordable treatment for reducing signs of aging. Research has shown that Botox is a safer anti-aging choice in comparison to fillers. Furthermore, Botox offers a wealth of benefits in treatment of mild to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines. Just like any other medical procedure, make sure you do your own research before committing to Botox. Talk to friends and family that have had an experience with Botox to hear their experiences with Botox.

Consider these 4 things to ensure that the Botox treatments are being administered safely and effectively:

First, do your homework. Choose a medical professional with solid credentials. Make sure to select a licensed physician with many years of Botox injection experience to administer your injections. Inappropriate dosages or injection sites could result in unwanted complications. Remember, the more experienced the staff, the more effective their treatments and techniques will be, and the better the final results. An experienced doctor will discuss your expectations and will advise you on realistic expectations and results from your procedure.

Second, it takes about a week for Botox to take effect. Schedule your Botox appointment 6 weeks prior to any big event should there be any issues, you want enough time for any swelling or bruising to go down, and have the doctor do any touch ups, if necessary. Make sure you stay upright for at least 2-4 hours post Botox. This helps ensure the Botox doesn’t migrate to someplace it shouldn’t.

Third, more is not better! It’s a good idea to remember Botox is a strong neurotoxin that has the potential to dramatically alter your face. Smoother doesn’t always equal prettier and may look unnatural or “plastic looking”. Start with a lower dosage. A doctor might initially use around 10 units in someone’s forehead, because younger patients’ muscles react very well even at lower doses. That way, your forehead still moves normally, but the muscles are suitably relaxed. The amount of Botox necessary depends on the size of the muscles, their distribution and a person’s sensitivity to the product. As a general rule and doctor’s suggestions the area between the eyes requires between 13-30 units of Botox (average 21 units), the forehead between 7-25 units of Botox (average 12-14) and the crow’s feet may need between 12-30 units of Botox (average 18-22 units).

Finally, you get what you pay for. Don’t look for a bargain or a group discount online for Botox. It’s important to remember you need a full assessment by a qualified physician prior to making your decision about product that is being injected into your face. You are also paying for the skill and expertise of the person assessing you and performing the treatment.

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