Are you thinking about smoothing your skin and saying goodbye to stubborn frown lines with Botox®? There’s a lot to love about this popular treatment. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your appointment.

The medical formula Botox® has numerous uses, including its ability to treat overactive bladder, excessive sweating, migraine headaches, and even chronic pain. However, it’s best known for its remarkable power over stubborn wrinkles and deep frown lines. But you need to work with a skilled expert to get the most natural results.

Dr. Laureen Forgione-Rubino proudly offers cosmetic injections, like Botox, at her private practice in Manchester, Connecticut. This safe and highly effective treatment helps you look and feel your best, whether you want to turn back the hands of time or eliminate excessive sweating.

Do you have a Botox treatment coming up? Dr. Forgione-Rubino recommends taking these steps to prepare for your appointment.

Understand your treatment options

First, talk to Dr. Forgione-Rubino about your unique concerns to ensure that Botox will provide the results you desire.

Dr. Forgione-Rubino uses Botox to target the specific muscles to blame for moderate to severe cosmetic complaints, such as:

  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Lines between your eyebrows

When treated with tiny amounts of Botox, these muscles temporarily relax, causing bothersome lines and creases to fade away for 3-4 months or longer.

Discuss your medications, supplements, and medical history

Botox is generally safe and comes with few side effects. However, it’s important to give Dr. Forgione-Rubino a full list of medications and over-the-counter products you take, including vitamins, herbs, and other supplements.

Similarly, share your medical history, including any past surgeries and cosmetic treatments. It’s essential not to omit any procedures, even if it seems embarrassing or unimportant. Also, let Dr. Forgione-Rubino know if you could be pregnant.

Some of these items can increase your chances of bruising or redness at the injection site. Worse yet, they can make a difference in your results. When Dr. Forgione-Rubino clearly understands your unique needs, she lets you know in advance if you should stop taking any of your medications or opt for a different treatment entirely.

Stay “clean” for 24 hours

Botox treatment usually takes less than 30 minutes. However, Dr. Forgione-Rubino starts your treatment by cleaning your skin with an antibacterial agent. So you can wash your face and head to our office without applying any products, like cosmetics or moisturizers.

And don’t worry! If you can’t bear to leave the house without makeup, you can reapply after your treatment — just avoid rubbing or pushing on the treatment site for 12 hours. You should also avoid lying down for a few hours and physical exertion for 24 hours. These activities can increase your chances of accidentally spreading the Botox formula into areas that don’t require treatment.

Finally, leading up to your Botox treatment, it’s smart to avoid alcoholic beverages. Like some medications and supplements, alcohol can increase your chances of redness and bruising.

Ready to see if Botox is right for you? Schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Forgione-Rubino or requesting an appointment online today.

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