How should I prepare for a Botox treatment?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
As for any surgical procedure, prior to a Botox treatment you should not use drugs that can increase bruising. You should not have Botox if you are pregnant or if you have any neuromuscular disease, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS -- Lou Gehrig's disease), Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or myasthenia gravis.

Prepare yourself for an assault with six to 30 needle sticks. To do this, you may want to use a cream that numbs the skin. Several are available. I like EMLA cream, which is a mixture of the anesthetics lidocaine and prilocaine. Apply the cream thickly, like cream cheese, onto the skin. Do not let it dry out. To achieve this, you can cover the cream with Saran wrap. (You will look quite attractive when doing this.) The cream must be applied one hour prior to your procedure in order for it to work. Many of my patients come into the office and have my nurse apply the cream; they then sit alone and read until their procedure.
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