So you have finally decided to try Botox for the first time but you are a little bit nervous about it and realize that you have some questions. Let me start by saying, you should have questions! This is a big decision, and without the right information, fear of the unknown can set in.
1. What to expect?
The first question many people ask is, will this hurt? After all, Botox is injected into your fine lines and wrinkles, right? The good news is that Botox injections are minimally painful. Very small amounts of the medication are injected using a tiny needle. Getting blood work drawn, having a piercing or getting a tattoo is certainly more painful.
Temporary redness, swelling or bruising may occur, but this is short lived and you can return to your regular activities shortly after.
2. How do I prepare for this procedure?
There is little to no preparation for the injections. There is no need to take pain medication before your appointment, and, in fact, it is better to avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil) before your treatment as these medications may increase your chance of bruising.
If you are taking any blood thinners, you may be more susceptible to bruising but please do not stop taking your medication without first consulting with your primary care provider.
To be on the safe side, you can always check with your primary care provider to see if Botox is safe for you.
3. When will I see results?
It is very exciting to see the results that you have been anticipating for some time; however, with Botox, you will not see results immediately. Some people may start noticing results within a few days but it may take up to 2 weeks before achieving full therapeutic effect. It is really important to follow up 2 weeks after your injection for an assessment and to see if you have the results you were hoping for. A touch up treatment can be done at this time.
4. How long will it last?
Botox typically lasts around 4 months. Your treatment can be repeated after 3 months if you are noticing that the results are wearing off. The more treatments you receive in an area, the longer the results may last! Therefore, if you like having your frown lines treated, eventually you can stretch 4, 5 or even six months between treatments, and possibly longer!
5. How long will the appointment take?
This procedure is quick to do. After an initial consultation (which may last up to 15 minutes), the treatment can start right away and may last 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how many areas are treated. The time it took you to check your schedule, look at yourself in the mirror again and make the decision to book an appointment probably took longer than the actual treatment will take!
6. Should I have someone come with me?
You are welcome to bring someone along to the appointment for moral support; however, you will not be restricted in your ability drive afterwards. My goal is to help you feel safe and comfortable during the whole process of your treatment.
Book your complimentary consultation and I would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding your first Botox treatment!