What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable solution that comes from botulinum toxin type A. Even though botulinum toxin type A is toxic in normal doses, the tiny amount used in cosmetic treatments won’t hurt you.
How does Botox work? What does it do?
Botox is injected into muscles under the skin. Wherever it’s used, Botox will essentially interrupt the communication between your nerves and your muscle. This keeps the muscle relaxed. Because it’s not contracting, the skin on top isn’t getting wrinkled.
What to expect during your visit
Botox treatments are fast and relatively painless with very little recovery time. Prior to getting started, your provider will consult with you about your cosmetic goals and any questions you might have. Because no two faces are the same, we’ll analyze your unique facial features to decide which areas to treat.
The procedure itself typically takes about 10-15 minutes. The specialist will inject the Botox with a very small needle. Afterwards, you’ll be able to go back to most of your daily routine. You might experience some minor temporary bruising, swelling, or tenderness.
Botox aftercare: Do’s and don’ts
Recovery is pretty simple, but for best botox results, our provider will give you some guidelines for what to do and what not to do after a Botox treatment.
Right after the procedure (0-4 hours):
- Avoid exercise of any kind.
- Stay upright. Bending over or laying down after Botox can cause it to move into an unwanted area. If the Botox migrates, it can cause your face to look crooked, droopy, or lopsided.
- Keep your head elevated.
- No touching, rubbing, pressing, or massaging your face.
- Avoid wearing makeup on or near the injection site.
- Steer clear of alcohol.
- Avoid blood thinning medications like aspirin or ibuprofen, if possible. If your medication is medically necessary, make sure to discuss with your provider prior to treatment.
- Do not apply heat to the area. This includes taking hot baths, getting into hot showers, and using saunas or hot tubs.
- Normal daily activity is okay, as long as it follows the guidelines above.
Shortly after the procedure (4-24 hours):
- No strenuous exercise.
- Light exercise is okay.
- Gentle touching of your face is okay, including applying makeup and skincare products.
- To reduce any swelling, you can gently apply an ice pack.
- Continue to avoid applying heat to the area.
- Laying down is okay, but it’s recommended to avoid sleeping face-down the first night.
The next day and beyond (24+ hours):
- You can go back doing everything normally, including strenuous exercise.
- Call your provider if you see or experience anything unusual. This might include drooping eyelids or eyebrows, crooked expressions, or swelling that doesn’t go down.
- Call 911 if you experience anything potentially life-threatening, like trouble breathing or swallowing.