Botox FAQs for First Time “Botox-ers”
Botox is the most widely used cosmetic treatment in the world for a variety of very excellent reasons. It quickly begins to act, has spectacular effects, lasts months, and is very safe when administered by a medical expert.
Nonetheless, embarking on Botox injections for the first time may elicit both enthusiasm and a little bit of worry. Do you recall your first kiss? What was your first job? When was the first time you got behind the wheel of a car? Much like these important “firsts,” your initial Botox appointment can make you feel both excited and slightly nervous.
However, knowing what to anticipate can help you relax during your first Botox appointment – and will guarantee a positive encounter as well as the best possible results! So, in this article, the Botox specialists at Tutera Medical in the Phoenix area address the most frequently asked questions from our first-time Botox patients.
Is Botox a Safe Treatment?
Absolutely! Botox is one of the most well-studied and safest cosmetic procedures available today. Botox® has been FDA-approved since 2002 — almost two decades! And more than 7 million more than Botox procedures are performed ever year in the US alone. At Tutera Medical we’ve treated hundreds of people in the Phoenix area with Botox with amazing and safe outcomes.
As with any medicine or medical treatment, adverse effects are rare but possible. However, in clinical trials, only a very tiny proportion of patients had any Botox-related problems. Less than 1% of patients treated with Botox for crow’s feet developed swelling of the eyelids. And less than 3% experienced slight lowering of the eyelids after receiving Botox injections in the forehead.
Cases of Botox side-effects are typically due to being injected by an inexperienced or untrained injector. Due to the possibility of these adverse effects – which are very uncommon – it is essential to have your Botox given by a qualified, skilled, and experienced medical provider, such as those at Tutera Medical in the greater Phoenix area.
Do Botox Injections Hurt?
It’s strange how “shots” were such a huge issue to us as children, yet we hardly notice injections as adults. Anyone who has received their COVID vaccination or a flu shot will almost certainly tell you that they felt almost nothing.
Due to the fact that Botox is also administered with a needle, you may experience a little sting. Many of our Phoenix patients describe feeling a “pinch” when they are injected with Botox.
If you are worried about your comfort during your first Botox treatment – or if you are especially afraid of needles – speak with the caring experts at Tutera Medical about administering ice or a topical numbing lotion to the treatment region prior to the procedure.
What Is the Best Time to Start Botox?
Each patient is unique. The age at which you should begin Botox depends on two factors: the condition of your skin and the desired cosmetic outcomes.
Patients who use Botox to prevent wrinkles usually decide to begin treatment in their mid-thirties. This is the age at which most people begin to observe expression lines in their face that do not instantly vanish but linger a bit after the facial expression is done.
Patients who begin using Botox to soften noticeable wrinkles are often in their late thirties or early forties. That is about the age range at which the majority of individuals begin to acquire “Type 3” wrinkles, which do not vanish when a facial expression is ceased.
Individuals with darker skin tones often are less susceptible to sun damage, and so they may not begin to experience wrinkles until their mid to late forties or even fifties.
However, patients seeking additional Botox advantages besides wrinkle reduction – such as a “lip flip” to correct a gummy grin – may begin Botox treatment at any age over 21.
Is there Downtime after Botox?
There is no downtime after receiving Botox at our Phoenix area medical offices. While you may experience some pinkness or tenderness in the injection area, you can return to your daily routine immediately afterwards. Due to the fine gauge needles we use and the experience of our injectors, patients typically little to no bruising – and any rare bruising will be confined to an extremely small area.
However, there are some specific post-treatment instructions you should follow closely to ensure you get the best results and feel comfortable after their visit.
Please remember to avoid touching or massaging the Botox injection area. It will be tempting to reach out and touch that wonderfully new smooth skin, but please refrain! Botox takes time to “set” and touching or rubbing the injection site may actually transfer the Botox away from the target region, thus destroying the effect.
Refrain from applying make-up for the rest of the day. And stay upright – without lying down – for at least a few hours after Botox injection to ensure the Botox does not spread.
For a few days after treatment, take excellent care of your new face. Make an effort not to overindulge in alcohol. For 48 hours, also avoid facials and other kinds of skin treatments. Our Phoenix Botox experts also recommend that you avoid any activities that causes you to sweat (even a little) for at least 48 hours after the injection.
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If this is your first time contemplating Botox, the expert medical injectors at Tutera Medical will carefully examine your skin and offer you an honest assessment and expert advice on when, where, and how much Botox would be ideal for you.
Tutera Medical’s Botox providers have assisted hundreds of women and men look younger, more refreshed, and even more attractive with Botox injections. We will spend the time to answer your Botox questions, address any concerns, and assure your first Botox experience is comfortable and yields the most beautiful results customized especially for you!
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