Botox is no longer reserved for middle-aged housewives needing a youth boost. Today, more and more women (and a few men) in their 20’s are getting botox. Of course, we all want to look as pretty and perfect as possible, but is botox really a good idea at such as young age?

According to Doctors, having a Botox treatment is safe for anyone over the age of 18. However, it isn’t necessary until your skin starts to age. As your skin starts to age, it begins to lose elasticity and starts to wrinkle and sag, Botox can be used to plump up the skin and give it a more youthful appearance.

Before having botox, regardless of your age, there are some things you might want to know. That’s why we have put together this handy guide to everything you need to know before getting Botox.

It pays to pick a good clinic

Don’t just head off to the first botox clinic you see, take your time to do your research and find the best clinic around.

If you have a friend or relative who has had botox, ask them for a recommendation for a good clinic. For botox specials have a look online and ask around to find a reputable clinic or treatment centre in your area.

Less is more

With Botox, less is more. Unless you want people to know that you have had botox, opt for less than you think you need. If you then decide you want a plumper look, you can always make a follow-up appointment later on.

It shouldn’t hurt

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While the area you have had injected may feel a little sore afterwards, it shouldn’t hurt during the procedure. You might feel a slight scratch as the needle goes in, but that should be it.

If you find the procedure to be very painful, this may be a sign that something isn’t right. Tell your consultant to stop and explain that you are in a lot of pain.

Your skin may bruise

It is important to be prepared for the fact that you skin may bruise. If you are having botox for a special event or celebration, such as your wedding day, make sure to have the procedure done at least two weeks before the day.

If your skin does bruise, you can apply arnica cream to the area, as well as an ice pack to help reduce the swelling and pain. Some Botox patients also suggest taking Arnica tablets a couple of days before the procedure to reduce the risk of any bruising occurring.

You can make your Botox last longer

Doctors used to recommend that patients avoided making facial expressions for a few hours after a treatment. But if you want to make your Botox last longer, that is exactly, what you should do.

According to some doctors, moving the muscles you have had injected with Botox can help the treatment to last longer. Spend a few minutes after your treatment making different faces and stretching out your facial muscles.

As long as you choose a reputable and licensed clinic, having Botox is a simple procedure that comes with very little risk.