Botox is the number one nonsurgical aesthetic treatment around the world — for good reason, too! The quick and easy procedure can be used both cosmetically and therapeutically to relax muscles, minimize excessive sweating, and offer anti-aging benefits.

We chatted with Zara Harutyunyan, leading clinician at Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center in Los Angeles, California to break down five things everyone should know before getting Botox. Check out her expert advice below:

Knowing that there’s a difference between fillers and Botox
“Fillers and Botox are totally different,” says Harutyunyan. “Fillers are hyaluronic acid and work on filling or plumping areas on the face while Botox is a neuromodulator that works on relaxing the muscles to help prevent and correct fine lines and wrinkles.” The most common areas for Botox include the forehead, between the brows, and the sides of the eyes (aka crow’s feet).

There are no pre-treatment requirements
While there are no pre-treatment requirements, there are some things you should avoid before getting Botox. “A patient may not be pregnant or breastfeeding. We suggest not taking any blood thinners or fish oil starting one week prior to treatment and no alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment,” shares Harutyunyan.

Choose your practitioner wisely
Harutyunyan says, “When choosing a practitioner, choose an expert. Price shouldn’t be the driving reason. Choose a provider who’s injecting all day long and understands how to deliver great results. Also, make sure they are using real Botox. It’s important that they don’t use anything that isn’t real — you can always ask to see the vial.”

Botox is charged by the unit
The price per unit varies from $10 to $20 a unit, and the number of units is what determines its duration. This means the more units you get, the longer it will last. The FDA recommends 20 units between the brows and 24 units for crow’s feet.

There’s proper post-care for Botox
Harutyunyan advises, “No exercise, massages, or facials for 24 hours post-treatment. Additionally, it’s advised not to lay down for four hours after your treatment.” As for maximizing the duration of your results, Harutyunyan says there isn’t much you can do on your end as Botox typically lasts three to four months depending on your muscle movement and metabolism.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

P.S. Use code “FFF” when you call to schedule an appointment at Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center to receive 10 percent off your first treatment.