Botox Cosmetic was first approved by the FDA in 2002. Since then, the use of this cosmetic drug has become about as common as getting one’s teeth cleaned. Botox was first used for frown lines. It is now used to reduce several signs of aging and, perhaps even better, to prevent dynamic wrinkles from forming too early. While millions of Botox treatments are performed each year, we realize that this treatment may be new to many of those who receive injections. If you’ll be one of the newbies in the coming months, here’s what you can expect from your first appointment.
The Botox Consultation
To get the best results from any beauty treatment, your provider must have a clear idea of what you wish to achieve. We need to know your expectations, your concerns, and even your preferences. Botox is an incredible drug. That’s why it is so popular. Still, it doesn’t treat all wrinkles and may not be right for everyone. For example, Botox is often used to lift a drooping brow. In the right circumstances, a few injections can be successful. When the goal is to correct heavy or droopy upper eyelids, a Botox brow lift may not be enough to get the best results. Our consultation is performed to help us develop the perfect treatment plan for you.
If you agree with your proposed treatment plan, you can receive Botox injections immediately after your consultation. Injections take only a few minutes, usually less than 15. We know what you really want to know, though; and, no, Botox injections do not hurt. You will not need anesthetic or ice to maintain comfort. The needles we use to administer injectables are very small, so you’ll feel only a slight pinch, and then the sensation is gone.
Recovery and Results
Botox recovery is quick. Being new to this treatment, you may want to schedule your injections at a time when you can go home afterward. This will allow you to experience the mild side effects that may occur while at home rather than while at work. Most people notice only slight swelling and redness after getting injectable treatment. Side effects usually last no more than a few hours. However, there is a potential for longer-lasting redness and swelling. Some people also develop a slight headache or body-aches after getting Botox. At home, you don’t have to worry about feeling unproductive or looking like you’ve just had work done.
Your Botox results won’t be noticed right away. You’ll see them build over several days. About a week after treatment, the full effectiveness of Botox injections is reached. The results of your injections will last from 3 to 6 months. You can schedule touch-ups as you notice lines and creases returning.