What is the BOTOX® procedure like?
The actual injection process takes only seconds to a few minutes in a typical session depending on what is being treated. The majority of the time is spent in consultation and planning at your first visit, and assessing for any needed changes at subsequent treatment sessions through time as aging occurs sometimes necessitating a change in injection plan.
Pain perception for any procedure varies from individual to individual. Though most of our patients choose not to have any anesthetic prior to their Botox treatments, it certainly is our pleasure to provide such as requested. A topical numbing cream can be applied for about 20 minutes prior to treatment. Some patients get anesthetic effect from ice packs applied to the skin before treatment.
Bruising is the most common side effect. Rarely a patient will report headache after treatment. And of course, since Botox works by temporarily weakening the muscle, a weakness of greater degree than desired in the treated muscle, or unintended weakness in an adjacent muscle due to diffusion through the adjacent tissues can occur. A skilled injector reduces this risk.
The goal is a natural best-you look, allowing for normal facial expressions, enhancing your baseline beauty (we are all beautiful). No frozen faces allowed!