What is it like to get a Botox® Injection?

I start each treatment by evaluating your face and how your muscles move. We’ll discuss what result you’re looking for, since each person’s facial structure is unique. Then I use a microneedle to inject small doses of Botox® into the area that needs treating. The microneedle helps keep discomfort of injection to a minimum. 

How many injections will there be?

Each patient is different, and my secret to giving you a natural-looking result is to design the treatment that will work best for you.

What do I need to do after my Botox® Injections?

You may resume normal activity right after your treatment. The treated areas may be slightly pink and raised for an hour or so, until the liquid is absorbed. Many people go back to the office with just a little powder to hide any pinkness. Most importantly, I tell my patients to not rub or massage the area and not to lie down for 4 hours after treatment to avoid pushing the Botox away from where I precisely placed it.

When will I see results?

Most people start to see results within a few days, and it will take up to two weeks for the results to fully develop. This is because the chemical reaction necessary for botulinum toxin to take effect on the nerve endings is not immediate and develops over a few days. If your wrinkles are deeply creased (if they’ve been there for years), they won’t suddenly disappear; however, you’ll likely notice that your skin will keep looking better and better, as long as you maintain your Botox treatments.

How long will it last?

Botulinum toxin is not permanent. Treatments last an average of 3 months, although this depends on what area is treated and how much is used. Botulinum toxin works by blocking certain nerves in your body which relaxes those muscles. Immediately after having the treatment, your body will begin repairing those nerves and in 3-4 months they will be back to normal again. Some patients notice that their treatments last longer over time, as their muscles are ‘trained’ to not scrunch so hard.

What are the Possible side-effects ?

Slight discomfort from the needle, small bruise at the site of injection, redness. Mild temporary headache. There is a very small risk of infection from the use of injectables. A rare side-effect is temporary drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid, which may last 3-6 weeks. Botulinum toxin is as safe as any drug when administered in very small amounts by trained medical professionals.