What to Expect
What to Expect From Botox®
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Before The Procedure
Consulting with your specialist about what kind of results you are looking for with Botox is the first step. Your skin will be examined and you’ll be able to address any questions and concerns you have about the process. Once you developed a plan together, the treatment can begin. Botox is injected with a needle, so some discomfort can occur depending on the place injection and the thickness of skin. However, many people handle the slight discomfort without issue. Numbing the skin is another option. Specialists at Aesthetic Lane may use ice, a topical or cream anesthesia, or a method of massage through vibrations to aid in reducing the sensations of the area.
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During The Procedure
During a Botox procedure, your specialist will inject trace amounts of botulinum toxin, the bacterium Botox is derived from, through a slim needle into the skin or muscles area desired. Botulinum is a natural substance found in nature and some animals such as fish and mammals. This substance works by paralyzing (relaxing) the nerve cells trying to reach muscles. In some cases, Botox is used this way to prevent abnormal contractions in muscles. Several factors can play into how many injections are needed for treatment and how often one might require follow up procedures, but in general it will mostly depend upon the severity and extent of the area receiving treatment. Botox works quickly, and it should only take 2-10 days for its full effect to take hold.
After The Procedure
One of the benefits of Botox is that this minimally invasive procedure typically requires little to no downtime. Most people can expect to return to the normalcy of their daily routine immediately following the procedure. While any discomfort should be quick to diminish, it is important to be aware and follow the few rules your specialist will inform you of. Those who have just received Botox are advised to keep their heads up for 4 hours after the procedure, and to not rub or put pressure on the injected area. Doing so can cause the injection to migrate elsewhere other then the injected site. We also ask that you avoid exercising and steamy environments for 6 hours