Are You Ready for Your First Botox Treatment? Here’s How it Will Go.
Botox cosmetic is so well-known that even people who aren’t actively seeking wrinkle-reduction know about this product. This could be because Botox has been around since 2002 and has been used millions of times to address cosmetic concerns. Once people realized that this drug, though it temporarily paralyzes muscles, would not freeze their face in a surprised look, Botox became one of the leading nonsurgical treatments of our time. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of newbies and are ready for your first Botox treatment, you may want to know what to expect. Here, we’ll take you through the steps of your first appointment.
Something interesting happens because Botox is so well-known: people contact a provider saying that they want to schedule Botox treatment. However, as capable as this FDA-approved drug is, it is not intended for every type of wrinkle. To determine if Botox is right for you, we first sit and have a chat. We talk about what you want to achieve and what cosmetic issues are of concern to you. Common wrinkles Botox treats include frown lines, horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and a drooping brow. As you can see, these problems are located across the upper face. Creases and concerns below the eyes are usually corrected with dermal fillers.
Botox treatment occurs right after our consultation. Your provider may cleanse your skin and will then commence with your wrinkle-reducing injections. Many first-time Botox patients worry that their treatment will be painful. Rest assured it is not. We use a fine needle to introduce small amounts of Botox into superficial muscles. A few injections are necessary, with each feeling like a tiny pinch. You won’t have any aching or stinging in the muscle, just the momentary sensation in the skin. In just a few minutes, the whole process is done.
Recovery and Results
Botox is known as a lunchtime treatment because patients can usually go back to their normal activities right after treatment. While the norm is that side effects are limited to minor swelling and redness around the injection sites, we cannot predict how noticeable these may be nor how long they may last for every patient. For your first Botox appointment, you might want to schedule at a time when you can go home after your treatment. This will allow you to see how you respond to Botox in the comfort of your home.
The results of your Botox treatment will not be visible immediately. These build gradually over about 5 to 10 days. Usually by one week after treatment, patients are very happy with what they see. The wrinkle-reduction and brow-lifting that are achieved with Botox can last 3 to 6 months. As effects wear off, touch-ups can be scheduled.