Botox has a wide range of uses. The most well-known is its cosmetic applications, where it temporarily reduces lines and wrinkles. Botox can also help reduce migraine headaches, treat excessive sweating, and some muscular disorders.
It is normal to be concerned about how Botox will feel both during the procedure and after you have it injected. The most important thing to understand is that not all Botox is the same, and different providers can use different types, amounts, and techniques in the administration of Botox.
Ask your provider for the details regarding the procedure you are considering and what to expect as a result of your treatment. Be prepared to ask your provider plenty of questions, and find a new provider if you do not like the answers you are getting. The effectiveness of Botox, and reducing the possibility of side effects, depends heavily on the skill of the person administering it. You want someone who has a strong reputation and does this regularly.
Botox is most commonly used on the forehead to reduce frown lines and wrinkles. The use of Botox in the forehead, when appropriately done, leaves you looking younger. In the hands of an unskilled practitioner, you can end up with the look of perpetual surprise that many associate with Botox treatment. Finding a skilled practitioner is the best thing you can do to ensure you get the results you want from your Botox treatment.
The most common and well-known use of Botox is for cosmetic reasons. Cosmetic applications to treat frown lines and certain wrinkles usually consist of numerous small injections around the areas you have discussed with your provider.
How each injection will feel depends on how much Botox is in each injection. Very fine needles are used to treat the facial area, and this helps reduce pain from the injections. Some injections will be almost unnoticeable, while others might cause a slight stinging sensation.
Any discomfort you feel should pass quickly. Some providers choose to numb the area with topical anesthetic or cold packs for ten minutes prior to the treatment, meaning the injections are almost pain-free.
After the procedure, there may be some numbness. Botox works by limiting your ability to move the muscles that cause certain lines and wrinkles. The paralyzing of these small muscles may feel odd at first, but the sensation passes quickly. Your practitioner will discuss in detail any concerns you have.
First-time patients sometimes feel a sensation of heaviness and numbness as the Botox starts to work. These sensations are normal and not something that should cause concern. The sensation should pass within the first week.
One advantage of Botox treatments is that there is very little aftercare required. Your provider might advise you to remain upright for a few hours to ensure the product stays where it belongs. You will be advised not to massage the area for a few days. Your provider might include instructions about avoiding certain facial products for a set amount of time.
How long does it take to see results?
The time it takes to see full results depends heavily on the reason for the procedure. For most cosmetic procedures, you can expect to start seeing results in about three days. It can take three weeks to see the full effects of the treatment.
How long do the results last?
Results for cosmetic treatments start to fade after about three months. For some people, the effects last a bit longer, stretching as far out as six months.