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6 Tips to prepare for Botox and Filler

Thursday 20 October 2016    

Preparing to see a Doctor for Botox or Fillers

Advice on making the most of your non-surgical treatment consultation

Whether you are completely new to non-surgical treatments or have been having Botox and Fillers for years, the consultation is the most important part of the process. 

This is where patients can fully discuss their skin concerns, while the doctor assesses their skin and understands what they’re trying to achieve.

Lee Cottrill is SkinViva’s Business Development Director. Having also sat in the ‘patient chair’ more than once, he’s in a unique position to advise prospective patients on how to prepare for their consultation appointment.

  1. Take photos.
    • Pick out things you want to improve on your face by taking some selfies of yourself in different lights and settings.
    • Bring these to your appointment with the doctor so you can chat through what you’re looking to change.
    • Try taking a selection of photos with different expressions on your face (frowning, shocked, big smile etc) to give you a good baseline of what your face was like before you had treatment.
  2. Make a list.
    • Have a think about the questions you want to ask the doctor when you go for your consultation.
    • Make sure you’re clear about any side effects you’re concerned about, if there are any risks involved, and what you can expect from your Botox or dermal filler treatment.
  3. Prioritise.
    • There might be lots of things you’d consider improving but you are most likely to have priorities according to your budget for cosmetic treatment.
    • Have a think about what bothers you the most or what you feel you’re most likely to get great results from.
    • Discussing these with the doctor will help you further revise this list of priorities as she/he will be able to further manage your expectations.
  4. Note any allergies & meds.
    • Make sure you take a list of any meditation you’re currently taking and also any allergies you have.
    • The reaction rate and contraindications for Botox and dermal fillers are few and far between but it’s important your doctor is made aware to keep you safe and sound.
  5. Adjust your schedule.
    • If you’re having  it’s important not to get hot for the first 48-72 hours so make sure you think about your diary for the following days after treatment.
    • Exercise, stress and alcohol are all ways that can increase body temperature.
    • For dermal filler treatments, temperature is also important as getting hot can cause you extra swelling in those first few hours post-treatment.
  6. Consider work.
    • With nearly all injectable treatments you can return to work straightaway but if you prefer to be discreet about having cosmetic treatments then it’s important to consider initial redness and swelling which may cause questions from colleagues in the office.
    • As an example, lip fillers will lead to a temporary swelling bigger than what your lips will be after they’ve settled beyond the first few hours.
    • For patients having tear trough rejuvenation, the under eye area can be sensitive to bruising (which can be minimised with makeup and some patients find arnica tablets and gel can help)
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