How is this procedure done?

Botox treatment is a very precise procedure that must be done carefully to be successful. After you've decided on the result youŽd like to achieve, your surgeon will choose specific facial muscles that correspond to the areas you would like to improve. After isolating these muscles, your surgeon will use a tiny needle to inject a very small amount of Botox. Essentially, Botox will paralyze the nerve controlling a muscle, which will prevent it from contracting. Since the muscle is no longer able to move, wrinkles will disappear.

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How do I prepare for this procedure?

First, your physician will take a complete medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment with Botox. Your physician will then perform a complete facial examination to determine which areas of your face may benefit from Botox. Because Botox can only treat wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, some facial lines and wrinkles can only be eliminated by chemical peel or laser resurfacing.

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How long does the procedure take?

Botox treatments generally take about 10 minutes and can be performed in your physicianŽs office.

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What form of anesthesia is used?

None. Although some patients prefer to apply a mild analgesic cream 30 minutes before their treatment. This effectively eliminates the slight twinge that may be caused by the fine needles during treatment. Most patients find that applying any form of anesthetic is unnecessary.

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Can I return home the same day?

Yes. Treatment with Botox is a very simple procedure, which allows you to return home immediately after your procedure.

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What precautions should I take during my recovery?

You should avoid lying down for four to five hours after your procedure. Do not touch the area that was treated for at least four hours. Doing so may cause Botox to spread to other nearby muscles. In addition, your physician may recommend that you perform facial exercises that he or she will describe to you.

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How long before I can return to normal activity?

You should avoid exercise or other strenuous activities for 24 hours after your treatment. However, after that time you should be able to resume your normal activities. Speak with your physician about what he or she specifically recommends for you.

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What are some of the complications that can occur with my procedure?



Some patients experience slight, short-term bruising at the injection site. Such bruising is usually minimal and can be easily covered with make-up. On occasion, the toxin can migrate to other muscles and cause weakness, which is temporary. In approximately 1% of patients, Botox may cause an eyelid to slightly droop or cause facial expressions to be slightly out of balance. However, each of these side effects are short term, lasting only a few weeks at the most. There have been no reports of damage to the eye or any permanent side effects from Botox treatments. Discontinuing Botox treatments will reverse any side effect that may occur from the treatment.

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What can I expect immediately after my procedure as well as later on?

You should begin to notice the results from your Botox treatment two to seven days after your procedure. The results you achieve from your initial treatment should last anywhere from three to six months. After this time, you will need to return to your physician for more treatments. However, research shows that after each Botox treatment the results tend to last a little longer. Eventually, most patients require treatments only once or twice a year to maintain their desired appearance.

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