JCC Writing Team
June 12, 2020
JCC Writing Team
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What You Need To Know Before Getting Your First Botox Treatment
Are you having second thoughts about getting your very first Botox injections? Are you afraid of what might happen after the treatment? Fear not! For in this article, I’m going to explain to you about the things you need to know about getting your very first Botox treatment.
I’m not here to sugarcoat about having Botox. I won’t also be here to discuss why my clients don’t come back for more Botox due to how painful the treatment is. I am here to tell and explain to you what my clients told me about having Botox.
Here are some helpful information, according to what my clients have told me, on what to expect when getting Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is a protein derived from Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that produces toxins (botulinum toxins) under low-oxygen conditions. The said bacterium is found in many natural environments, like soil, lakes, forests, and the fecal matter of mammals and fishes.
Even though they are considered as toxins, Botox are considered safe and only has a few adverse effects if used in a medical setting. Manufacturers make Botox injections from very low concentrations of botulinum toxin, a lethal neurotoxin notorious for botulism.
Aside from being one of the most requested cosmetic service, Botox is a popular, fast, reliable, and safe cosmetic procedure. It is a medicine that can help to treat muscle disorders and reduce wrinkles in the skin, when used in small amounts, by incapacitating the muscles.
Do I qualify for Botox?
People over 18 years old are qualified to get Botox treatment. But it is not recommended to get a Botox treatment if:
- You experience any allergic reaction to any of the ingredients used for the Botox injection.
- There is an infection at the injection site.
- You have urinary tract injection (UTI) and/or is being treated for urinary incontinence.
- You are a breastfeeding or pregnant.
Otherwise, it is still best to consult a medical practitioner before your first Botox treatment.
Will it hurt?
Imagine needles going into your face. Some people might think that it’s going to feel horrible, while other might think “How can a small needle cause too much pain?”. One of the most asked questions from people who never had Botox treatment before is: “Does getting a Botox painful?”. The answer to this question is that it depends upon the person’s level of pain tolerance. So yes, some people might feel pain.
Let’s discuss the how painful it is. It’s nothing but a simple sting. As some of our clients characterized it, “It’s pretty much similar to getting an injection at the doctor’s office. Except that it is only injected in the face.”. Other clients said that having your brows waxed is more painful compared to having a Botox injection.
What to expect after the treatment?
As usual, most people move on with their day as they feel no pain or any other side effects or symptoms. For other clients, they experience minor pain from where the treatment was made. My clients who experienced the discomfort informed me that the pain is nothing intolerable.
For more information, written below is a more detailed explanation on what to expect after getting the treatment.
Immediately after the treatment
You’ll probably experience redness and swelling right after the treatment. But this usually only lasts for ten minutes and your skin will return to its normal form. While some people encounter no side effects, a small number of people suffer from headaches which can be treated by medicine.
One day after the treatment
Don’t expect any noticeable result a day after the treatment, as the Botox takes a bit of time in order for it to work. Moreover, some minor bruising might appear. Yet, these bruises can easily be covered with some concealer and soothed by some specialized cream.
One week after the treatment
The results of your treatment are most likely to appear after a week from your treatment date. The treated region appears to be more refreshed and will look healthier. However, you might experience a compacted feeling in the treated area that will subside within a week or two.
Three months after the treatment
Three months after the treatment, the Botox will be fully dissolved or, for some, it will only begin to dissolve. It varies with how your body metabolize the product. Rebooking is recommended for an assessment and a potential follow-up therapy.
What will future treatments feel like?
Since you already know how the whole treatment and the process will go and how will it feel afterwards, your next treatment will surely be easier for you to take in. Your stress level isn’t as high as your first treatment. According to some studies, the higher the stress level is, the more pain you’ll feel. For this, it only means that you will feel lesser pain during the treatment.