What To Know Before Your First Botox Appointment

Botox is a purified neurotoxin that can be injected into the face to treat a variety of conditions. Facial Botox is used to treat migraines, jaw pain, and excessive sweating. Some people get Botox injections to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.

How Does Botox Work?

The neurotoxin works by blocking the transmission of a chemical messenger that causes muscles to contract. Preventing these muscles from contracting is how Botox works to treat certain kinds of pain and smooth the appearance of wrinkles.

How Much Botox Will You Need?

Before you get any Botox injections, you'll have a consultation appointment with your provider to discuss your treatment goals. Your provider will develop a customized treatment plan for you.

If you're getting Botox for wrinkles, you'll likely get several injections in different places where lines appear. How much Botox you'll need and how many injections depends on a variety of factors, including what condition you're treating, where on your face the Botox needs to be injected, and your facial anatomy. 

What Happens at the Appointment?

You don't need any kind of anesthesia for Botox injections, and the entire procedure can be done in your provider's office in just a few minutes. Your provider will likely apply ice packs to your face for five to ten minutes before and after the injections. This helps numb your face and reduce swelling. Botox injections are done with very fine needles, so most patients do not feel any pain when the needle enters the face. 

When Will You See Results?

Most people begin to see the effects of facial Botox within a few days after their first injections. The effects typically become more pronounced over the following seven to ten days, and the full effect is noticeable two weeks after the first appointment.

Facial Botox effects typically last three to four months as the injections gradually wear off and your facial muscles begin to act normally, which causes lines and wrinkles to reappear. Many people notice the effects lasting longer after multiple rounds of Botox injections since the facial muscles relax more easily.

What Are the Side Effects?

Most people tolerate facial Botox very well and have no significant side effects. Your Botox provider may advise you not to engage in extremely strenuous activities for 24 hours after your first appointment, but you can resume most activities as soon as the procedure is done.

Some people experience some mild swelling, bruising, and redness around the injection sites, but this should go away within a day or two and shouldn't be severe enough to interfere with your daily life.

Discuss any concerns you have with the medical professional who will administer the injections before your first Botox treatment.

For more information on facial botox, contact a professional near you.