A lot of people who have decided to have Botox for the first time are worried about the needles being stuck in their face. In fact, some people never have Orange County Botox injections for that very reason! However, you will be happy to know that any pain of Botox injections is minimal. This is because the needles are tiny in diameter, and they don’t go very deep either. At the same time, different people have different pain thresholds, so it can be hard to predict exactly what you will feel. However, most people describe it as a simple pinprick sensation and, once they have had it for the first time, they wonder what they were so worried about. The upper lip injections tend to be the most painful, and the ones around the eyes that target crow’s feet hurt the least.
What to Expect During Your First Treatment
Botox starts with a consultation with a physician. This will help to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate. Presuming this has happened and you are ready to actually receive the treatment, then you can expect the following:
- You will sit on a comfortable seat, slightly reclined, and your head will be supported with a pillow.
- The physician will clean the areas where they will inject you.
- A gel is applied, further reducing any pain sensation.
- An eyebrow pencil will mark the different injection points.
- The Botox is injected in each of the marked points.
The muscles of the face are just underneath the surface of the skin, so there is no need for the needle to go deep. The Botox, meanwhile, is highly concentrated, so you only need a tiny bit to see a result. You may be left with some small raised red areas, but this usually dissipates within 10 to 20 minutes.
It is possible that you need multiple injections. The brow area, for instance, usually requires five. Each of these areas, meanwhile, needs and average of four units. This means that, in total, you will have had 20 units.
After the Procedure
After the procedure, you will see that Botox does not work straight away. You will start to see the relaxation in your face after a few days. For a few more days, they will continue to relax. After two weeks, you will see the full results.
How Long Does it Last?
The effects of Botox vary in length. It depends on a number of factors, but mainly on how many units you had injected, with more units lying to longer effects. However, the average is between three and five months. Often, the effects start to last a little bit longer with each time you have the treatment repeated. So where you may start with needing five treatments per year, you may end up only needing two.
There you have it, everything you need to know about Botox, making you ready for your first procedure.