Botox is a time-tested non-surgical anti-aging procedure for people who want to mitigate the appearance of fine lines and mild wrinkles on the face without the need for cosmetic surgery. According to the figures published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox currently ranks as the most popular cosmetic non-surgical treatment in the US.
During the Botox consultation, the treatment provider will discuss various aspects related to the injectable procedure. The provider’s first goal should be to educate the patient about appropriate treatment options and help them make a well-considered choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.
Assessing the Patient’s Requirements
The Botox injection provider will utilize the consultation opportunity to assess the reasons why the patient wants to undergo Botox injections, and what exactly about their facial appearance may be bothering them. If the patient is worried about minor facial wrinkles and fine lines caused due to overactive underlying muscles, they may suggest Botox as a suitable treatment option.
But if the patient suffers from facial volume loss or has significant sagging skin, and wants a long-term solution with more substantive results, they may require a facelift plastic surgery or another procedure instead of Botox. At the time of the consultation, the provider will apprise the patient about the label and non-label uses of Botox, the expected longevity of results, and the potential risks and costs involved.
Sometimes the Botox treatment provider may like to present Botox before and after pictures during the initial consultation. These pictures will help the patient develop reasonable expectations, and make them see what Botox can or cannot do for them.
Patients with realistic expectations typically make good candidates for Botox, and the consultation is an opportunity for the treatment provider to ensure this. The provider may also show testimonials of past Botox patients to give an insight to the patient about the experience of others with this procedure.
Botox is not for everyone. The provider will determine the patient’s candidacy for Botox injections during the consultation process. They will ask whether the patient has received Botox injections within the last six months, whether they have a history of skin allergies, and whether they are pregnant or nursing.
The provider will also examine the facial skin elasticity, weakness in the forehead muscles, droopiness around the eyelids, and look for any signs of untreated infection in the facial skin. If the patient suffers from volume loss in the mid-face or other facial areas, dermal filler injections along with Botox may be recommended.
Smokers will be required to avoid smoking for a certain period prior to the injections. If they are currently using blood thinner drugs, the provider may ask them to stop it for a few days in consultation with the physician.
Post-treatment care instructions will be given to the patient during the consultation. Judicious and committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and neighborhoods around this major city in North Florida for Botox.
To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com