Most of us cannot logically afford botox. Botox injections are extremely expensive, not to mention dangerous. They are injecting you with small amounts of the poison botulism, scary thought. And some have had bad experiences in the past and learned to avoid it all together. But there are some who believe that you are in control to some degree of how your botox experience goes, if you have side effects, etc. I’m sure there are ways to reduce the suffering, but are you really in control of that much? So here are tips I’ve found:
- Stop drinking for 7 days before, all alcohol, beer, wine, the hard stuff, no social drinking, nothing for 7 days before. This apparently means you won’t be bruised up from the process. I mean they don’t allow alcohol consumption right before tattoos, because from what I’ve heard, it thins the blood. With bruises, the blood coagulates from what I understand. So how exactly does thinner blood lead to bruising? I am slightly unsure on that.
- Don’t take aspirin. Headaches are common, even though it is technically sometimes used to treat migraines. But they usually subside within 24-48 hours.
- Stay busy just after. You don’t have to go back to work if the headaches are especially bad or anything like that. But if you keep your head in an upright position for at least 4 hours, the treatment will “stay put.” It sounds weird, but they say it works. So no resting, no closing your eyes and “sleeping. I assume you can sit on a couch, just not lay down.
- No big reactions. Frankly, it freezes the muscles, and any big movement can have an affect on how long it lasts. If you can avoid big facial expressions until it has time to set, well facial expressions are said to accelerate wrinkles to some degree anyway, so that might just be common sense.
- Ignore the needle. I for one don’t really like needles. I avoid shots if I can, I avoid the whole plasma centers and donating blood, because it’s one of those things you do if you don’t like needles. Logically, you would also avoid botox. But for those who think it necessary, and for those who get the normal treatments without anesthesia, a slight pinch is normal. But if you think less about the needle, you are less likely to feel more pain psychologically speaking.
- Don’t expect overnight results. Now, I thought that was part of the point of botox, overnight results, quick results. After all, the results only last about 4 months, and they are extremely expensive. But apparently, it doesn’t work that fast after all.
- Be prepared for side effects. Side effects like headaches are normal, eye twitching, droopy eyelids, muscle weakness, general pain. But what some don’t mention is that if you experience extreme side effects, medical side effects such as oh trouble breathing, that is far from normal and something you need to see your doctor about right away! Botulism is still a poison, even in small amounts, and it could ultimately lead to death untreated.