First Time for Botox? Read This!

Every year when we transition into the holiday season, we see an uptick in the number of inquiries about Botox. This, the leader of all injectables, is a convenient treatment that has a proven record in terms of both safety and efficacy. As long as Botox has been around, if you have never received treatment, you don’t know what to expect. Not knowing what happens after Botox treatment could cause you to procrastinate in obtaining the treatment that could change your whole holiday season. So let’s dive in.

What to Expect After Botox Treatment

  1. Expect swelling and redness. You may develop one or the other or you may develop both. Redness and swelling are side effects of just about any kind of injection. For new Botox patients, it can help to remember that injectables are commonly referred to as lunchtime treatments. This is because redness and swelling, though common, are mild and temporary. If you develop redness at injection sites or swelling around the areas where injections are given, you can expect these side effects to diminish within about 30 to 60 minutes. If you are concerned about these side effects, talk with our staff about cold compresses or ice application right after treatment.
  2. You might get a headache. It isn’t completely understood why some patients develop a headache after Botox treatment, but this is a known side effect. For most people, the headache that occurs after Botox injections is so mild that it is barely noticeable. Having Tylenol handy can help you manage a headache if this side effect does develop after your wrinkle-reducing treatment.
  3. Bruising may occur. Bruising after Botox isn’t usually immediately noticeable. Patients are more likely to see minor discoloration the day after injections. Bruising is listed as a common side effect of injectable cosmetic solutions, but relatively few patients have to use makeup to cover their bruises.

If you’ve never had Botox and aren’t quite sure how your tissue may respond, we suggest applying ice or cold compresses right after treatment to decrease the risk of bruising, redness, and swelling. Speak with our staff when you schedule your treatment to discuss how to manage these side effects. Your experience is our top priority.

Call our San Antonio office at 210-227-3223 to schedule your Botox treatment well in advance of your holiday gatherings.

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