Botox Treatment and Injection Process
One of the main benefits of Botox is the simple, non-surgical process. Although there is a bit of pain at the injection site, results can last up to four months and require no recovery time. Many people even have Botox injections during an hour-long lunch break! Here’s a guide to what you should expect during your first Botox treatment.
On the day of your first appointment try to arrive early. This allows time for any forms and paperwork, as well as a consultation with either the doctor performing the injection or a staff member. During your first visit you’ll probably want to meet with the doctor personally to go over any questions and concerns you have before the procedure. You may also want to discuss your concerns with an on-site aesthetician or nurse that’s training in skin care procedures such as Botox injections. It’s also important to take this time to discuss your expectations from the Botox treatment, as well as any allergies you have.
Before the injection process you’ll most likely be seated in a chair that reclines, similar to one in a dentist’s office. Depending on the doctor, the area may be numbed with an anesthetic cream or ice pack, although no actual anesthesia is required.
During the first step of the procedure the doctor will determine where to inject the Botox. This is done by watching how you move the muscles in your brow area. Not all injections are administered in the same place because the size, exact location and use of the different muscles in the brow differ by individual. That’s why this step is so important.
After marking the injection locations, the doctor will administer a number of tiny injections of Botox directly into the muscles that cause the frown lines of the brow. Improvements are noticeable immediately, with a big improvement in moderate to severe frown lines within days.
One of the best parts of the Botox injection process is the recovery. No recovery time whatsoever is needed, allowing you to walk out of the office and continue your day as normal. There may be some side effects with the procedure, however. Common side effects of Botox injections include temporary eyelids droops and nausea, as well as localized pain around the injection sites, inflammation, tenderness and swelling of the area and bleeding or bruising around the injection sites. Individuals with neuromuscular disorders like myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may also have an increased risk of very serious side effects, although these individuals should have been counseled before the procedure. Still, side effects tend to be mild and disappear after a day or so.
A marked improvement can be seen in frown lines immediately, with results improving over the next four weeks. An improvement in moderate to severe frown lines tends to strengthen over time. Results from Botox injections last up to four months, depending on the individual.
If you find yourself enjoying the results from your first Botox treatment, chances are you’ll want to maintain your results. To maintain the disappearance of the fine lines and frown lines on your face, schedule Botox injections about every four months. It’s important to have realistic expectations. Discontinuing treatment will cause frown lines on the brow to slowly return to the way they looked before any treatment.