Have you been considering a Botox procedure, but you’re unsure if this is the best time? Or maybe you’re wondering if it’s been long enough since your last Botox injection. Whatever your questions about Botox procedure timing may be, we will attempt to answer them in this article.
How Long Do I Need to Wait Between Botox Procedures?
Truthfully, this question is best answered on a case-by-case basis. Your dermatologist will help you develop a plan for your Botox treatments and will ensure that you are receiving treatments in a timely manner so that your skin remains smooth and wrinkle free forever.
In general, Botox treatments can last up to about 6 months or sometimes even longer. Therefore, there is rarely any need to think about getting treatments more frequently than 1-2 times a year.
Also, those who’ve had more frequent Botox injections can typically go longer between injections than those who are new to the procedures.
If I Get Side Effects, How Long Will They Last?
To start, it should be stated that side effects of Botox are extremely minimal. They include bruising, swelling, and irritation at the injection site. In some rare instances, a patient may experience a headache or facial drooping after a Botox injection. These symptoms are often due to the medication migrating slightly past the areas in which it was injected.
Symptoms of facial drooping can be alarming at first, but it isn’t a major cause for concern. If you develop any side effects after your treatment, simply call your dermatologist and they will advise you on your next, best steps.
As far as how long these side effects might last, you can expect the milder side effects to last for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The rarer symptoms such as facial drooping may take a few weeks to resolve, but rest assured, they will get better with time.
How Long Does a Botox Treatment Take?
Upon arriving at the dermatologist’s office for your scheduled appointment, you can expect to be out the door in less than 30 minutes. When you arrive, you’ll be escorted back to a treatment room by a member of the dermatologist’s staff. At this point, a soothing gel or balm will be applied to the treatment areas, which can help to decrease any discomfort you might experience during the injections.
Once the dermatologist explains the procedure and gains your consent, the actual shots only take about 15 minutes total.
After the treatment is complete, your dermatologist will likely encourage you to set up a follow-up appointment for a week or two later. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, your dermatologist will encourage you to call and touch base.
Botox treatments are quick and painless. They can easily be fit into any daily schedule and the effects are quite long-lasting. If you’re ready to set up your Botox appointment, call your dermatologist’s office today!