The Importance of Proper Consultation Before Plastic Surgery

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Proper consultation is an integral part of any medical or cosmetic procedure. This includes simpler cosmetics procedures like getting a Botox injection.

What is Botox?

This type of cosmetic treatment is used to smooth out saggy, wrinkly skin on the face as well as other parts of the body.

In this procedure, a cocktail of muscle relaxants is injected in targeted areas to paralyze the muscles underneath. The drug’s active ingredient is a neurotoxin called botulinum. Botulinum happens to be the most toxic compound known to man. Taken on its own in high amount could cause instant—not to mention painful—death. But the bacteria could treat various muscular conditions—including wrinkles—when taken in controlled, miniscule amount.

The fact is that botulinum is only dangerous when taken in uncontrolled dosages. It could be beneficial as long as it’s administered by a licensed doctor or a certified plastic surgeon.

Getting Expert Advice

Getting Botox injection may sound simple enough; after all, the treatment doesn’t even take half the day. However, most dermatologists and plastic surgeons won’t perform the procedure without proper consultation. Botox might seem like a minor cosmetic procedure but because of the toxicity of its active ingredient, it’s important to consult your physician first before having it done. You might want to think twice about having it done with a plastic surgeon who allows patients to get Botox without pre-treatment consultation!

Through pre-treatment consultation, you can get an assessment of your health. Your doctor will need to check you if you’re physically fit to undergo treatment. He may also present an alternative solution to Botox, like laser treatment or an injectable dermal filler or laser treatment.

Through consultation, you can ask questions prior to the treatment, like the risks, maintenance, and frequency of getting Botox shots. You can also ask the cost of every treatment and you can also be given a detailed evaluation of targeted areas that needs fixing. Finally, your doctor may also evaluate the reason behind wanting to get the treatment in the first place.

On the other hand, if this isn’t the first time you’re getting Botox, then it’s likely that a pre-treatment consultation won’t be needed, especially if your last treatment was just a few months ago. Of course, if you prefer to get consultation before any treatment, most plastic surgeons are more than willing to assess the severity of the problem first.

Botox Treatment: What to Look For

You cannot just walk in a clinic and get an injection. You need to make sure you are working with a licensed physician, who is teamed up with registered nurses or licensed vocational nurses, or certified physician assistants to ensure you’re getting nothing but the best treatment. And for your own safety—as well as to guarantee the best results—you need to do your own research first before choosing the right person for the job!

Don’t put your health, not to mention your face, on the line by making hasty decisions. You can ask friends who have gone through the same treatment about their plastic surgeon and start your research from there.