What to Know About Botox

Are you looking for a fast and minimally invasive way to smooth forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet? You’ve probably heard of the popular injectable cosmetic product Botox. Botox is the only FDA-approved product to temporarily improve the look of forehead frown lines and crow’s feet. But despite what you may have heard, there are a few things you probably don’t know about this popular injectable.

What Was That Crunch?

One of the things that surprises many patients the first time they get Botox injections in their forehead is that sometimes they can actually hear the needle breaking the skin. This happens because of the proximity of the forehead to your ears, but also because the muscle on your forehead is very thin, so when the needle breaks the skin it doesn’t go into a very dense area.

You Won’t See Immediate Results

When you use Botox, don’t expect to look in the mirror and see an instantly smoothed forehead. In fact, it’s not at all uncommon to forget you’ve gotten Botox, because the injection can take about a week to work. The gradual change may make you impatient, but it also benefits you by allowing your lines to smooth slowly enough that nobody realizes you’ve had anything done.

Don’t Plan on Napping

When you book your Botox appointment, be sure to book it when you know you’ll be well rested. It is not recommended that you lie down for at least four hours after you receive your injection. That’s because if you lie down, your Botox can migrate to other areas of your face, rendering it not as effective. You can also experience painful pressure on the treated areas.

There Might Be Bumps

Whenever you get Botox, you may notice a small bump at the injection site. This is completely normal and will go away within a day or so – usually before you even see results from your injection. Don’t worry! The bump will be very small and inconspicuous and should not be obvious to anyone.

How Does It Feel?

Though it varies by person, the sensation experienced during Botox is generally well tolerated. At first, many patients describe a noticeable feeling once they receive their injection. Some describe it as their head feeling heavy. But even those who feel a marked difference following their first injection eventually stop noticing that feeling. It may return if you choose to use Botox again, but it should fade away again after a few days.

If you are interested in finding out if you are a suitable candidate for Botox, please call Dr. Chau’s office at 248-799-2880 and schedule a consultation.