Botox – What to Expect
You made your Botox appointment – what happens next?
Upon arrival to our facility you will be asked to fill out some standard treatment and consent forms and read a few disclaimers. You’ll be escorted back to our treatment room. We will then discuss possible treatment complications such as bruising. This is the time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have about the procedure. The doctor will review your medical history and be available to answer questions. It is also possible that your photograph will be taken before the injections so that you can see the difference after receiving the injections.
You will be offered the option of topical numbing. Probably 50% of our patients forgo this option and simply use ice during the procedure. You may receive the numbing at no additional charge, should you choose to use it.
The actual procedure takes less than 5-10min to perform, depending on what areas you will be having treated. The doctor will assess your facial muscle structure and then rapidly provide 5-6 injections per treatment site. The procedure is not painless, but is not overly uncomfortable, either.
Upon completion, we will review the post-procedure instructions with you to ensure the best outcome possible. You will then be walked to the checkout desk to schedule your 2 week follow-up appointment. This visit allows us time to assess your response to the Botox and to perform any additional treatments that may be necessary. Dr. Mangat’s philosophy is that it is better to err on the side of using less Botox (especially on your 1st visit) because you can always give more, but you cannot remove it.
You can expect some mild bruising and/or headache for the first 24 hrs. The Botox may begin to take effect within the first 24 hours, but for many people, it takes a full 14 days to see the full effect of their treatment.
The biggest concern when having this procedure is a droopy eyelid. This happens when Botox migrates down into the muscles above the eye, but having a skilled physician, like Dr. Mangat, essentially make this a rare occurrence.
Your wrinkles and creases will become softer and often fully disappear. People will notice how rested you look. It will be a little harder to move your forehead or frown; you’ll still be able to make facial expressions without a hitch.