Botox Basics: What to expect at your first appointment

Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure available today. It’s approved uses include the treatment of muscle spasms, severe underarm sweating, chronic migraine headaches, and of course, wrinkles. Botox works by reducing the activity of muscles in the face that overtime leads to fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox is short for botulinum toxin, a purified toxic. This means that Botox contains no bacteria and does not have a risk of infection. When done correctly and be a trained professional, Botox is a safe procedure.

Getting any kind of cosmetic procedure, permanent or otherwise, is a decision that shouldn’t be made hastily. If you’re considering Botox to minimize fine lines and wrinkles but are feeling unsure or anxious about the process, here’s what you can expect at your first appointment:

At your first Botox appointment, you and your dermatologist will discuss your problem areas and goals. Are you looking to eliminate forehead wrinkles? A furrowed brow? Crow’s feet? Understanding what you’d like to accomplish and setting realistic expectations is a great start.

Before the procedure begins, be sure to ask questions! It’s important to know how much experience your dermatologist has in this particular area. Is administrating Botox their specialty or do they do it ad-hoc? When it comes to an area as sensitive as your face, don’t go bargain shopping for the cheapest price. Look for a dermatologist with a good reputation and expertise.

Botox treatments aren’t done with a single injection. It takes several small injections, spaced out between your brows and around your forehead. Because of the varying sensitivities among patients’ skin, you may feel quick twinges of pain with some injections or none at all. Either way, the discomfort is short-lived and will only last a few seconds. The entire treatment only lasts about 5-10 minutes.

When the procedure is over, don’t expect to see immediate results. It can take up to two weeks to see the full effects of Botox injections. On average, Botox effects will last anywhere from 2-5 months and doesn’t require any recovery time. You’ll achieve the best results if you continue with the injections.

The Dermatology Center of Indiana services Frankfort, Kokomo, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Lebanon along with many other cities throughout Indiana. Join us today in one of our locations where you are always welcome!

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