Botulinum toxin, otherwise known as Botox, can be injected into the face to relax the muscles, leaving you temporarily with less facial wrinkles.
How to prepare
There is no necessary preparation to take before Botox treatment, however it is important to speak to your dentist regarding your medical history.
Before the procedure, if you are worried about the pain of the Botox injection, it is possible to have an anaesthetic cream applied to numb the area. Without the numbing cream, it is said to cause slight discomfort and is compared to the feeling of a pinch to the skin.
This procedure can be carried out by qualified and experienced professionals. It is worth researching your chosen professional, to check that the qualifications are present.
Botulinum toxin is a prescription only medicine and can therefore only be administered by an appropriately trained professional.
The professional will make you feel at ease and then inject small amounts of Botox into your target treatment area. This is done via a very fine needle, which is said to reduce the pain further.
The injections usually take between five and 10 minutes.
You can resume your normal daily activities after the procedure. Results can take from 24 hours to two weeks to see the full effect. The treatment should last for three to six months.
Botulinum toxin injections may cause you to experience the following side effects:
- Facial bruising where the needle has been inserted
- Flu-like symptoms
- Droopiness in your eyelid.
In rare cases, serious side effects are possible. If you are worried, contact your specialist or visit your nearest hospital.