While it’s hard not to be excited about these kinds of results, you’re probably also a little nervous now that you’ve made that first appointment. Sure, the benefits certainly sound good on paper, but what is getting Botox really like?
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and get one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the country: Botox. You probably know all about the benefits at this point: it’s safe, it’s minimally invasive, it has few side effects, and, best of all, it’s effective, especially when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s time to say goodbye to those signs of aging and hello to more youthful skin!
While it’s hard not to be excited about these kinds of results, you’re probably also a little nervous now that you’ve made that first appointment. Sure, the benefits certainly sound good on paper, but what is getting Botox really like? What can you expect from that first treatment?
If you need a little guidance and reassurance before your first Botox appointment, keep reading to find out what you can expect from the procedure.
You may not be getting any injections during the initial consultation, but it is still an essential part of the treatment process. Here, you will meet with a specialist who will ask you about your medical history to make sure you are a good candidate for Botox. For example, they’ll ask about any medications you are on, any conditions you have, any past surgeries, and whether you are or pregnant or nursing.
After they’ve determined that you can safely undergo the procedure, you can both go over the areas for treatment. By the end of the consultation, you should have a pretty good idea of how much Botox you’ll be getting and the location of the injections.
You may find that you have more questions after the initial consultation, so it’s possible that your first appointment may go a little longer than any subsequent ones. Other than that, after a quick review of your consultation you should be ready for your treatment, which typically goes something like this:
The whole treatment process may only take around 20 minutes, or possibly even less if you don’t opt for the numbing cream. Then it’s just a matter of the aftercare.
Fortunately, there isn’t much of a recovery period after getting Botox – you’re mostly free to continue with your normal routine. However, there is a rare chance that the Botox will move around to other muscles in your body, so you should be a cautious about a few things until it settles into place:
You may also experience some minor side effects, such as redness, swelling, numbness, and bruising, but these tend to be mild and only last for a few days. If they happen to stick around longer than that, then it’s best to contact your doctor.