Botox is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that involves small injections to a targeted area. It’s primarily used to enhance facial features and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), among other uses.
Botox is injected into an area (usually face), safely forcing the muscles to relax. However, the effects of botox don’t last forever.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 is approved to receive Botox injections. However, certain medical conditions and medications may prevent you from receiving a Botox treatment. Regardless, you should discuss your medical history with your doctor beforehand to see if Botox is right for you.
Botox injections last three to six months. This treatment is not permanent; the effects will eventually wear off. As Botox wears off, your skin will lose its firmness.
The amount of Botox you need depends on a few variables. Treatment varies from person to person depending on the treatment area and the amount of Botox required to achieve desired results. Talk to your doctor about your expectations, and they will be able to recommend the number of injections necessary.
Before receiving your first Botox injection, discuss the treatment with your doctor so you can address any concerns you may have such as recovery time, numbness, medical history, etc. Also, do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen two weeks prior to your injection.
A doctor or licensed healthcare professional will administer the Botox injections. A syringe and small needle deliver Botox to the area. This may cause minor discomfort. You may also receive multiple injections in a treatment area.
Any discomfort should be minimal and last only a few seconds before dissipating. Most Botox treatments are complete in approximately ten minutes.
After receiving your Botox injections, you should be able to return to daily activities immediately.
The Botox injections will likely take two to four days to begin to settle. You will see the full effects in 10-14 days after your procedure.