Reading Between the Lines on Botox

Dr. Doris Day of Day Dermatology and Aesthetics, and Dr. Whitney Bowe of Advanced Dermatology -- both board-certified dermatologists - recently gave free Botox to audience members on "bethenny."

Reading Between the Lines on Botox

Dr. Day also shares some additional tips for those of you considering Botox, saying it is a very individualized process.

When to Get Botox
Dr. Day says it isn't about a specific age or time in your life - in fact, she doesn't even ask patients their age. She says it's all about balance and beauty.

Botox is about helping you control your natural expressions and about giving you a relaxed and well-rested look. Think you frown all the time? Frown right now. Can't do it? Dr. Day says this is common. Most patients will tell her they have frown lines and spend the entire consultation frowning, and then, when she is about to administer Botox and asks them to actively frown, they can't! This is why her first step for people considering Botox is to sit in front of a mirror and make a rested face and then a frown. Dr. Day said that by testing out these faces, you will begin to see what your natural expressions are and begin to understand what muscles you tend to use.

Where to Get Botox
We know those flash sale sites are tempting, but Dr. Day says this isn't something to bargain shop. You can use Botox to treat different areas of your face - the FDA just approved it for your crow's feet as well as frown lines.

Care After Botox
Did you put sunscreen on this morning? Did you put it on again at lunchtime?

If you answered "no" to either of those questions, you're at risk. Ninety-five percent of all wrinkles are caused by sun damage, so if you are thinking about Botox, Dr. Day says you should start by protecting your skin.

She recommends Colorescience's SPF 30 powder sunscreen and says it is okay to use a moisturizer with SPF, provided you put enough on in the morning. Many forget to re-apply moisturizer when they go out for lunch - when the sun is the strongest, even in the winter - and this is what causes the most damage.

Dr. Day also recommends using creams with Retin-A, peptides, and Vitamin C after Botox because your skin will continue to repair the fine lines long after the procedure.

How Long Does it Last?
Three to six months for most and it takes about two days to see and feel results.

Dr. Day says that reasonable expectations - your face should move and your smile should be your smile - and a good relationship with your dermatologist are essential for great results from a procedure.

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