9th February 2020

6 Important Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist Before Getting Botox

Last Modified: May 26, 2023

6 Important Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist Before Getting Botox

Botox used to be a procedure that people didn't consider getting until they were middle-aged. Nowadays, however, more and more people in their 20s and 30s are considering Botox.

In fact, the number of people who get Botox in their 20s and 30s has risen by 28 percent since 2010!

While there are many theories as to why this is occurring, part of the reason is that more and more people are educating themselves on the benefits of getting Botox.

But, whether you're 25 or 65, there are some things you need to know before you go under the knife.

Check out this guide to discover the top questions to ask your dermatologist before getting Botox.

1. Why Do You Recommend Botox Treatment for Me?

While Botox is an excellent, non-invasive procedure for those wanting young, wrinkle-free skin, it's important to know that it's not the only skin procedure out there that can help you achieve these results.

Therefore, it's important to ask your dermatologist why they're recommending this procedure to you over other ones. The one-size-fits-all mentality is not a good approach when it comes to skin rejuvenation. If your doctor seems to think it is, then it's best that you seek out someone more qualified for a recommendation.

You also may find out through your inquiry that you're simply not a suitable candidate for Botox. For example, pregnant women and those with muscular diseases should avoid Botox.

Your doctor can help you choose a skin procedure that's not only effective but safe.

2. Is Your Medical Professional Qualified?

If your doctors office also operates as a skincare spa, then this question is especially important to ask. While it's sometimes the case that your doctor will perform the Botox procedure, oftentimes, this responsibility will be passed on to someone else on staff.

Either way, it's very important that the person who performs the skin procedure is medically qualified to do so.

In the UK, there is poor licensing and enforcement. That means that it is not always a doctor doing the procedure. Sometimes, it is not even a healthcare professional.

3. What is Getting Botox Like?

Although Botox is much less invasive than other skin procedures, it's still important to know what you're signing up for. Before you commit to Botox, have your doctor walk you through the whole procedure- from preparing your skin for the appointment to aftercare tips. This is so you can prepare accordingly.

While you should get a full rundown from your doctor, here are some things you should keep in mind about Botox:

  • The procedure is relatively painless and bleeding is rare
  • The needles used for injection are incredibly small
  • It usually takes up to 5 to 7 days to start to see a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles
  • The effects last for around 3 months, after which time wrinkles start to reappear and muscles begin to move freely again
  • Since it takes 2 to 3 weeks to notice the full effects, we recommend booking your appointment a few weeks out before a big event
  • Within the first seven days, swelling, redness, and tenderness may occur
  • Botox can be used in combination with other procedures (such as dermal fillers) for optimal results
  • While side effects are typically minimal, ones to look out for include dizziness, redness, pain, bleeding, muscle weakness, muscle stiffness, drowsiness, lethargy
  • After receiving your injections, you can return to your regular activities, but should be mindful of the doctor's post-care instructions

4. What Happens to the Botulinum Toxin Once It's in the Body?

We get it- the idea of a toxin being injected into your body by needles can sound terrifying. However, there's nothing to be afraid of, as Botox does not cause systematic toxic effects.

Once the botulinum toxin enters the body, it migrates no more than 2 cm from the injection site. When it remains in its intended position, it blocks nerve endings and relaxes the facial muscles. Even if some molecules were to enter the bloodstream, the dose is too low for there to be any toxic effects.

To understand more about the effects of the botulinum toxin on the body, talk to Dr Farmah.

5. How Much Does Botox Cost?

Before committing to Botox, it's very important that you understand how much it's going to cost you.

Due to the fact that Botox is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance, it can get pricey. The final price will be determined by the location of the injection, who's performing the injection, how much experience the medical professional has, and how much product is used.

On average, people pay between £150 and £250 per treated area.

We suggest doing some price comparison before committing to a doctor. However, you should also be wary of doctors who charge too little, as this is a sign that they don't offer the same quality of service as other clinics.

6. Why Should I Choose Your Botox Office Over Others?

Last but not least, you should ask your dermatologist why you should choose their clinic over the others in the area.

Today, scheduling a Botox appointment is about as easy as scheduling a manicure, so if one dermatologist doesn't meet your standards, don't be afraid to shop around.

Seeing as you're going to be paying out of pocket no matter what, it's worth checking out at least a few different places.

Hopefully, when you ask this question, your doctor talks about their years of experience in the business, their highly trained staff, and their satisfied clientele. Most offices will have before and after pictures, so be sure to ask for a portfolio of work.

Getting Botox: Are You Ready?

Now that you know what to ask your doctor about getting Botox, it's time to schedule your appointment.

Before you know it, your skin will be looking younger and your confidence will be soaring.

If you decide that Botox is not the right fit for you, be sure to check out these other anti-ageing skin treatments.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 9th February 2020
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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