These days, Botox injections are as common as facials for both men and women. But if you haven’t tried Botox yet, you may feel a little nervous about the experience and find yourself wondering just what to expect the first time. Our tips and Botox information will let you know what to anticipate before, during and after the procedure.
Before the procedure
Talk to Your Doctor about any meds or vitamin supplements you are currently taking. If you take blood thinners, you may need to forgo these medications for several days before your injection, to reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising. Your doctor also needs to know if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, pain medications, supplements, or allergy medications. Also, avoid drinking alcohol and stop taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications a few days before you get Botox.
The treatment area will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic before you get Botox, so feel free to show up to your appointment with nothing on your skin. If you wear makeup, it will likely be removed anyway.
Using an ice pack before, during, and after Botox can help reduce any potential signs of bruising.Although most people tolerate the injection discomfort well, you may want your skin to be numb beforehand. Several options are available, including numbing injections, cream, or cold spays.
During the procedure
Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of Botox into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Your doctor will decide how many is right for you. The treatment time is short – only a matter of minutes!
After the procedure
What should you expect after Botox? It does not require you take any time off from work, or life for that matter. You can resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Be careful not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.
You may experience some mild bruising and/or headache for the first 24 hrs. You may see some results in the first 24 hours but for many people, it takes 7-14 days to see the full effect of the treatment. Depending on the area being treated, the results can last 3-4 months.