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What Happens During Botox Cosmetic Injections?

Botox Cosmetic is a 10-minute, in-office procedure that temporarily halts muscle contractions in targeted areas on the forehead, between the eyes and/or around the eyes (crow’s feet). For your comfort, the areas to be treated can be numbed with a topical treatment, although most do not require this. Botox Cosmetic injections are not painful for most patients, but you may feel a pinching sensation.

Multiple injections are typically necessary in different areas of the face to achieve the best results.

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Preparing for Botox Cosmetic Injections

One of the most important tips is to choose a trained medical expert for Botox Cosmetic injections. As an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Chen understands facial anatomy and is diligent about providing the right dosage in the proper locations on your face for the safest treatment and best desired results.

The right age for treatment is different for each individual. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun, if you smoke or if you simply have genetics that have led to facial lines earlier in life, you may wish to have a Botox Cosmetic treatment in your 30s. Dr. Chen can analyze your appearance to determine if this treatment is right for you.

Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:

  • Over-the-counter pain relieving medications such as ibuprofen as well as anti-inflammatory medications should not be taken 1 week prior to your treatment.
  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before (and after) your treatment.
  • Wash your face thoroughly prior to your appointment.
  • Cancel your procedure if you are ill or have an infection in the injection areas.
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Recovery from Botox Cosmetic Injections

There is no downtime after at Botox Cosmetic treatment. You can return to work or normal activities immediately after your treatment.


Results for Botox Cosmetic Injections

Most patients start seeing results from Botox Cosmetic within 3 days. The full effect is typically achieved within 3 weeks and it typically wears off in 3 months. We call this the 3-3-3 rule. As muscle activity is reduced, your face will remain smooth in the areas that have been targeted. That means your facial lines will be minimized. It is important to note that these results are temporary, typically lasting 3-4 months for most patients. The treatment must be repeated to maintain your results.

Are you ready to smooth the frowns from your appearance? 

To find out if you are a good candidate for Botox Cosmetic, call 704-540-9595 or complete the short form below.

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