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Botox is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get smoother, younger-looking skin. It’s also a time-tested treatment— it’s been one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for over three decades. But if you’ve never had Botox, you may not know what to expect during your first treatment. To help you get prepared, here’s what you need to know before your Botox appointment.

Botox Isn’t Particularly Painful

If you’re worried about the pain of getting Botox, rest easy— Botox is not a particularly painful treatment. While the treatment is applied through injections, the needles used to apply Botox are quite thin. So, for most people Botox feels only slightly uncomfortable rather than painful. However, for those who are worried about discomfort during treatment, an ice pack can be used beforehand to help numb the area.

Botox is Fast and Requires No Downtime

Botox treatments are fast, taking only around 10 minutes. It’s something you could easily get done on your lunch break. Additionally, Botox requires absolutely no downtime, so you can go right back to your daily normal activity after your treatment.

You Can’t Wear Makeup During Your Botox Appointment

While you can definitely come into a Botox appointment with makeup on, your doctor will need to wipe makeup off of the treatment area before you get Botox. This is necessary for two reasons: to ensure a sanitary treatment and to help the doctor best judge where to place your injections.

You Need to Stay Upright for Four Hours After Treatment

After a Botox treatment, it’s important that you don’t lay down or bend over for four hours afterward. This is important because Botox can spread for several hours after it’s injected. You want to make sure the Botox stays where your doctor placed it, so don’t plan on laying down or doing anything that would require leaning over right after your session.

Botox Doesn’t Show Full Results Right Away

While Botox does work quickly, its results are not immediate. It takes around 5 to 7 days to see the results of Botox, so don’t worry if you don’t see instant results after your injections.

Some People Get Headaches After Botox

Botox is a safe treatment. However, it does sometimes cause headaches immediately after the treatment. If you experience a headache after Botox, know that that’s totally normal. You can take an over the counter pain reliever (like Advil or Tylenol) to relieve any headache symptoms you may experience.

Botox Can’t Always Get Rid of All Wrinkles

Botox is a great treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. Yet, it doesn’t work fully for all kinds of wrinkles— for example, it can’t always totally alleviate very deep wrinkles. Botox can still work well on harder-to-treat wrinkles, but it may sometimes lessen these wrinkles rather than totally remove them.

You Need a Skilled Doctor for the Best Botox

Excellent Botox application requires both medical expertise and an artful eye. For the best Botox results, make sure you choose a doctor who is both qualified and experienced.

If you’re considering trying Botox, contact us today to make a consultation appointment with Dr. Zadeh.