Botox is a simple procedure that helps minimize or even eliminate the wrinkles on your face. Botox is popular because it works quickly and is minimally invasive – a few shots and you are done. It is used only on dynamic wrinkles, such as those that appear when you smile, but it isn't effective on deep lines that are present no matter what expression you make. The following tips will help ensure you get the most out of your Botox treatment.

Tip #1: Select the right professional

Botox works best when it is applied by a doctor that is well-versed in facial anatomy. This means a general plastic surgeon, who has experience with the entire body, may not be as skilled as one that only focuses on the face. This is because the injection site and injection amount take practice and skill to determine correctly. When done by a skilled professional, fewer treatments can be used to achieve the maximum results.

Tip #2: Be Thorough

Although relatively safe and non-invasive, there are medications and conditions that can be counter-indicated for Botox. Make sure that you list all medications and amounts, along with all health issues, on the form provided to you by the treatment facility. For example, blood thinners and Botox do not mix. You may need to stop taking them temporarily leading up to treatment and then wait a few days before you resume the medication. This means your Botox doctor and regular physician will need to consult on the matter. Also, make sure the doctor is aware if it is a first-time treatment so they can carefully monitor you for any adverse reactions.

Tip #3: Make Your Treatment Goals Clear

Treatment results can range from a light filling of the wrinkles to a nearly paralyzed but wrinkle-free appearance. When discussing treatment options, be realistic and clear with the doctor. If you still want an animated face, you won't be able to go 100 percent wrinkle-free.

Tip #4: Avoid bruising

The main negative result immediately following Botox is bruising. This is a minor concern that usually fades within a few days. You can minimize or even avoid it by staying very still throughout the entire procedure. Also, icing the site both before and immediately following the injections can also minimize the appearances of bruises. Avoid touching or rubbing the injection sites in the days following the injections. If a bruise does occur, simply cover it with a green concealer that is meant for under-eye circles.