What to Expect When You Get Botox

February 4th, 2019
woman getting botox

Curious about Botox? Here’s the key information about the procedure, recovery time, and results.

Botox is one of the most popular non-invasive treatments for wrinkles worldwide. The quick, safe procedure greatly reduces the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines.

If you’re considering getting Botox, you may have some questions about the procedure, recovery time, and potential results. Here are the basics of the procedure, recovery time, and expected results:

What is Botox, and What Does It Do?

Botox is a drug that’s injected into the face to paralyze the facial muscles. When the drug comes into contact with the muscles, it causes them to weaken. Since wrinkles are formed when the facial muscles contract, weakening those muscles causes wrinkles to subside. The result is a smoother, younger-looking face. Botox can be used to lessen the appearance of pre-existing wrinkles, or as a preventative measure to keep them from forming.

Botox usually starts to work about two to four days after the injection. Its effects then last for as long as three months. After the drug wears off, the muscles will return to normal, but further injections will prolong the effect. The number of injections recommended may vary, but your doctor may recommend returning every three to four months for the first year to keep the muscles blocked and allow the skin to smooth out.

Will Botox Hurt? How Long is the Recovery Time?

Botox itself does not cause pain, but the needles used for the injections can. Whether a given patient experiences pain or discomfort depends on their pain tolerance, along with the number of injections performed. Your doctor will likely offer you the option to numb your skin with ice or topical anesthetic.

The procedure itself takes less than 20 minutes, and patients can leave immediately afterward. After the procedure, it is recommended that the patient not rub the affected area for the next few hours. There is a small chance of bruising, which could last five to seven days after the procedure.

What Are the Risks?

Botox injections are completely safe when performed by an experienced physician, but long-term use can cause some patients to develop antibodies that counteract the drug. If you choose to stop using Botox, the only side effect will be the return of your natural wrinkles.

Is Botox Right For Me?

If you think that wrinkles might be having a negative effect on your life, Botox offers a more temporary and less invasive option than other cosmetic treatments and procedures. The treatment consistently enjoys high rates of patient satisfaction, as well.

Only your doctor can determine whether Botox is right for you. If you’d like to explore Botox, the experts at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute can help you determine the best course of treatment. Schedule an appointment online at our Mesa and Chandler locations to discuss your options.