The decision to get Botox injections shouldn’t be a complicated one; after all, this treatment is quick, affordable, and completely non-invasive. Unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation has been spread about Botox over the years. As a result, some people approach this cosmetic procedure with trepidation, worrying that their face will be “frozen” or that they’ll experience terrible side effects. If you’re one of these people, we have good news for you: Most of the myths about Botox are just that—Myths. Here’s what you can really expect to experience after your first Botox treatment:
1.You’ll probably have some mild redness and swelling.
Slight redness and swelling is common following any type of injection, so most people will experience these symptoms after a Botox treatment. Fortunately, they tend to resolve themselves very, very quickly; on average, it takes 10-15 minutes for the redness to decrease in visibility. If you’re concerned about this side effect, however, you can talk to your surgeon about ways to manage it, such as by using a cooling compress right after the injections.
2. There’s a slight chance you’ll get a headache after treatment.
Most people don’t experience this side effect, but it can happen. As a precaution, you should make sure you don’t have anything too intense scheduled on the day of your treatment, and stock up on Tylenol just in case!
3. You may have some slight bruising the day after your treatment.
Once again, this is likely to be quite mild, and not everyone experiences bruising. If you do have bruising, feel free to cover it with makeup.
4. Expect to see results within the first week after treatment.
While Botox treatments produce visible results quickly, their smoothing effect isn’t immediate. Expect to wait about a week for any lingering bruising to subside and for the full muscle-relaxing effects of the injections to kick in.
5.With a few months, you’ll see movement start to return to the treated areas.
Botox injections are temporary, so within 3-4 months after your first treatment, you’ll see the effects gradually begin to wear off. If you liked the results of Botox, you’ll want to talk to your surgeon about scheduling a follow-up appointment for a refresher.
At this point you may be wondering, “If it’s so easy to recover from Botox, why does it have such a scary reputation?” The vast majority of the misconceptions about Botox can be attributed to the power of urban myth, but there is some truth to the fact that Botox (like any cosmetic procedure) can look unattractive or cause side effects when it’s not administered properly. As such, you should always choose a highly skilled, fully licensed cosmetic surgeon to administer your Botox injections. Contact Dr. Robert Singer for more information on Botox treatments today.