Botox is a treatment that cosmetically removes a person’s wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Botox is the brand name for an injectable toxin known as botulinum toxin.
When botox is injected, it blocks the nerve signals that make muscles contract at the injection site. With the nerve signals blocked, these muscles relax, which works to reduce wrinkles.
Some of the most common areas in which Botox is used are between the eyebrows, on the forehead, at the corners of the eyes, or other locations in which fine lines tend to arise.
How Is a Botox Procedure Done?
Botox is a relatively short procedure and only takes a few minutes to complete.
During the procedure, your provider will use a small needle to inject Botox into specific muscles that you’d like to target.
Does Botox Hurt?
Any injection can cause pain, but because the needles that are used for a Botox procedure are very small, the pain is often minimal.
You will not need anesthesia for your Botox procedure, but your practitioner can numb the injection site before the treatment. They may use a topical anesthetic cream to do so or recommend the use of an ice pack for 10-20 minutes after the injection is complete.
You may experience some mild bruising at the injection site after a Botox treatment. This is normal and will likely fade within a day or two.
Preparing for Botox Treatments
There are no special considerations that you need to take into account before you receive your Botox treatment.
Botox injections do not require recovery time. Consult with your treatment provider; but, generally, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately after your treatment is complete.
How Long Will My Botox Last?
Generally, Botox takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. On average, Botox treatments can be expected to last for about 3 to 6 months.