Botox (botulinum toxin type A) injections are the number one minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, according to the 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). If you're not sure whether this injectable is the best choice, take a look at the questions to ask.

Why Do You Want Botulinum Therapy? 

Before you schedule an appointment, make sure Botox will give you the results you want. Like other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, this injectable can reduce the appearance of crow's feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, bunny lines, and lip lines. It can also soften an overly square jawline, change a gummy smile, and decrease the look of neckbands. 

Even though Botox injections can smooth your skin, they won't completely erase wrinkles, remove deep scars, plump your lips, or add facial fullness. While Botox will also refresh your face, it can't resurface your skin. If you want to add fullness or plumpness to your lips or cheeks, explore dermal fillers (instead of Botox). To reduce the look of some fine lines and get a new, glowing resurfaced finish, try microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.

Do You Bruise Easily?

Injection-site bruising is a potential side effect of Botox therapy. But this doesn't mean you should completely avoid this minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure. If you bruise easily, talk to your medical provider about what you should expect from the recovery process. You may need to carefully choose your injection appointment day and time to make sure you won't have noticeable bruises at work, a social activity, or a special event.

Do You Want A Quick Recovery?

Clients who don't bruise easily, may not have injection-site discoloration. Other potential side effects may include discomfort, redness, or swelling at the injection site. These issues should improve in the first few days after the injection. Even though it is possible to have these localized side effects, Botox has a quick recovery. 

Unlike surgical procedures, Botox won't require anesthesia. This means you won't experience grogginess after the procedure and won't need to rest for the remainder of the day. If you're looking for a quick recovery, facial Botox is a top option to explore. Most clients can return to work, school, or other everyday activities immediately after their injection appointment. 

To learn more about Botox injections and recovery, talk to your cosmetic medical or surgical provider about what you can expect from the healing process.