If you have made the decision to freshen up your look with Botox injections, then you are probably feeling a little apprehensive about your first appointment. While some fear of the unknown is to be expected, there are some steps you can take to prepare for your first visit. The following tips will help reduce your stress level and make sure that you feel comfortable going into your first appointment. 
 

1. What to Expect?

Perhaps more than anything, first time patients are worried about discomfort during the treatment. The good news is that Botox injections are relatively painless. While the procedure does require the use of a needle, the needle is small enough that it causes minimal discomfort. If you have had your ears pierced, you should be more than prepared to get Botox injections.  You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately following your treatment.

With any injection, there is always a chance of redness, swelling, or bruising, however these effects are temporary.    
 

2. What Do I Need to Physically Prepare for the Procedure?

More good news! You really don't need to take any steps to prepare your body for Botox injections. In fact, practitioners typically recommend that you avoid taking any painkillers before your appointment. Common medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, will actually increase your chances of bruising. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may also be more susceptible to bruising as a result of the injections. Any time you undergo a medical procedure, it is imperative that you inform your doctor of any medications you may be taking. 
 

3. When Will I See Results?

In all probability, you have been considering getting injections for some time and now that your first appointment is around the corner, you will be eager to see results. Keep in mind that you may have to be patient for a few days. Some patients see noticeable results within a few days, however it isn't uncommon to have to wait up to fourteen days. You can expect your results to last up to four months, at which time it is recommended that you repeat the treatment.
 

4. How Long Will the Procedure Take?

The amount of time you spent in the mirror examining your face this morning far exceeds the time it will take to undergo Botox injections. While you may have spent months weighing whether botox is the right choice for you, the actual procedure is relatively quick and easy. You will be able to immediately return to work and go about your day without any problems.  
 

5. Should I Have Someone Come with Me?

It is never a bad idea to bring someone along for moral support, but you won't have to worry about finding a friend or family member to accompany you or drive you home. The procedure is so simple that you won't be given any sedatives. That means that it is more hassle-free than getting a root canal.

Any time you undergo a medical procedure, it is important to do your research. Make sure that you are working with an experienced practitioner. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. Your health and well-being couldn't be more important. Finally, knowing what to expect before you enter the office for your first appointment can go a long way to alleviating fears. Book your complimentary consultation with us and we can answer any of your questions regarding your first Botox appointment.