Botox – Six Step Checklist

Botox injection administered by a professionalThe advancements in aesthetic medicine means consumers have the option of choosing from many different non-surgical procedures. Botox injections remain the most popular method of treating wrinkles and physicians administer millions of treatments annually. Here are six recommended steps for patients to follow prior to undergoing a Botox treatment.

Choose a professional

1. Licensed physicians have the knowledge and skill required for administering Botox injections. Obtain referrals from family, friends or health care providers. Upon opening the vial, a health care provider reconstitutes the contents with normal saline. Patients may witness this process upon request. Once mixed, the physician draws the liquid into a syringe and the vial should appear empty.

Examine treatment facility

2. Patients should receive the injections in a health clinic setting using sterile instruments. Ensure the facility appears clean and that the staff use safety precautions that include hand washing. Though some offer the treatment, salons are not reputable locations for receiving cosmetic injections.

Research thoroughly

3. The physician should initially provide a consultation and perform a physical examination of the patient prior to administering the treatment. A trained registered nurse may provide treatment with physician’s approval following a thorough consultation. During the consultation, the physician determines general health, and obtains information concerning current health conditions, medications and whether the patient has known allergies. Patients must also sign consent forms prior to receiving treatment.

After effects

4. Ensure that you receive and understand post treatment instructions. The instructions should include a list of possible adverse reactions. Some patients develop allergic reactions with a number of symptoms that include hives, redness and itching. Serious allergic effects might also entail feeling dizzy, faint or developing anaphylactic symptoms. If experiencing difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing accompanied by airway itching, swelling or asthma, seek immediate medical attention.

The botulinum toxin may permeate surrounding tissues causing a variety of symptoms that include blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids or alterations in speech. Depending on the degree of spread, individuals may experience muscle weakness in other areas of the body, breathing difficulty or a loss of bladder control. Consult with a physician if encountering these problems.

Use genuine product

5. Ensure that the practitioner uses genuine Allergan “Botox” or “Botox Cosmetic” brands of the preparation. The FDA approved medication vial features an Allergan hologram in addition to displaying the expiration date, lot number and “made in California” statement. Occasionally, generic, substandard formulations from Canada or Mexico make their way into the United States. However, these medications do not have FDA approval. Being unapproved, there is no guarantee of the potency and safety of the medication.

Ask questions!

6. Patients should prepare a list of questions prior to receiving treatment. These questions may include an explanation as to how Botox works, how long the effects last and how often patients may receive injections.