First Time Getting BOTOX®? Here's What You Should Know
BOTOX is a very common procedure, but if you haven't had injectables, it's helpful to know what to expect before your first appointment. BOTOX was first approved as a cosmetic treatment in 2002, so we know quite a lot about its effectiveness and safety.
At Alaska Med Spa & Chiropractic in Anchorage, AK?, we offer BOTOX to treat wrinkles and lines in the brow area and around the eyes. Below, we'll walk you through everything you need to know before your first BOTOX appointment.
What is BOTOX, and is it safe?
BOTOX injections treat moderate to severe forehead lines, Crow's feet (around the eyes), and frown lines (between the eyes). It's made from a purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily blocks signals to the muscles where it's injected.
The movement of specific facial muscles causes dynamic wrinkles (static wrinkles, on the other hand, are visible no matter your expression). By injecting these muscles with BOTOX, the muscle movement is disabled, and not only do the lines no longer form, but any static lines they caused will have time to relax. As a result, patients are left with smoother skin.
What should you know before your first BOTOX appointment?
There are a few things to know before deciding if BOTOX is right for you, such as:
BOTOX is temporary, lasting around 3 – 4 months.
BOTOX has FDA approval and is considered safe. Still, it is typically discouraged for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Common risks include bruising or swelling, but these typically subside in days. Infection is rare but possible if done improperly.
BOTOX should be done by an experienced professional. There are many people who can technically inject BOTOX, but our team is trained to customize treatments to each patient's needs.
What to expect during your BOTOX treatment
Getting BOTOX treatments should start with a consultation with a medical professional who can talk to you about achieving your aesthetic goals. You'll also learn more about what to expect from the outcome and what upkeep will involve. Be prepared to share any salient medical history and medications with our team at your first appointment.
BOTOX is an injection, so treatment will involve needles. However, the needles are quite thin (far smaller than the ones used to draw blood) and require little more than a numbing cream or even ice packs for comfort. Some numbing creams take around 15 minutes to be effective. So, if you choose to do this, it will likely be the longest part of the procedure.
Depending on your specific needs, you will likely need multiple injections (or units) of BOTOX. Once the injections begin, they take very little time – just minutes – and a cold pack is typically pressed against the injection sites to reduce immediate swelling.
Once your injections are finished, you should be able to resume your normal activities right away. You should begin to see results within 3 – 5 days (or up to two weeks in some patients).
What happens after BOTOX?
You will receive aftercare instructions from a member of our team before you leave. You'll be asked to avoid massaging or rubbing the area where the BOTOX has been injected or sleeping on your face for at least a few hours.
BOTOX usually lasts 3 – 4 months, after which touch-ups are needed. In some patients, results last slightly shorter or longer.
Get BOTOX in Anchorage, AK?
If you're interested in treating moderate to severe lines and wrinkles, our team offers customized BOTOX treatment at Alaska Med Spa & Chiropractic in Anchorage, AK?.
Schedule a consultation when you're ready to refresh your appearance for a more youthful look.