What to Expect at Your First BOTOX® Session
Dynamic facial wrinkles can make a person appear older than their real age. So, if you're dealing with the first signs of aging in your 20s or 30s, or deeper creases in your 40s, you may be considering BOTOX Cosmetic treatments to combat the signs of aging. At Sereno Santé, Dr. Maia Chakerian performs nonsurgical BOTOX injections that diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. As an experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Chakerian is highly skilled in precise, effective techniques to administer BOTOX near San Jose, CA. Keep reading to find out what to expect at your first BOTOX appointment.
Can I get BOTOX for wrinkles?
BOTOX is a popular wrinkle relaxer injectable that is composed of a purified strain of type A botulinum toxin. It is used to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles caused by squinting, smiling, and frowning. By injecting BOTOX into carefully selected areas of the forehead, it’s possible to temporarily “freeze” the underlying muscles that cause these wrinkles, which helps the skin to smooth itself over time. BOTOX can work to treat a number of aesthetic concerns, including:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines between the eyebrows (“11” lines)
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Facial asymmetry
Your first BOTOX appointment
During your initial consultation near San Jose, CA, Dr. Chakerian will listen to your concerns and analyze your face. This will help her to create a customized treatment plan that includes how much BOTOX is needed and where the injections should be placed. Prior to performing your treatment, Dr. Chakerian will explain how BOTOX works and let you know how often you may need follow-up treatments. Depending on the depth of your wrinkles at your first appointment, you may see your best improvements after several rounds of follow-up treatments.
BOTOX injections are typically performed during the consultation visit. Once you are comfortable in the treatment chair, the correct amount of BOTOX is administered through a fine needle that will prick the skin several times. Most patients say the needle feels like a quick pinch. The treatment itself lasts about 5 – 10 minutes, so any discomfort is brief and minor. Our caring team will help ensure that you feel comfortable the entire time.
BOTOX side effects
BOTOX is a noninvasive treatment that does not require downtime. Once you leave our office, you are free to get back to your day. You may experience minimal side effects, such as mild swelling or redness in the injection sites. This is temporary and should fade in the next few days. In general, we recommend avoiding strenuous activity for about 24 hours after your injections.
When does BOTOX start working?
The neurotoxin in BOTOX goes to work as soon as it is injected, but your results may not be apparent on day one. You should begin to notice your smooth, youthful outcomes taking shape within about three days, with continued improvements over the next week or two.
How long does BOTOX last?
BOTOX can provide temporary rejuvenation lasting up to four months. Exactly how long your results last will depend on the number of units used. Touch-up treatments every 3 – 4 months can help you maintain your cosmetic improvements over the long term.
Anti-wrinkle treatments in San Jose, CA
The experienced team at Sereno Santé is pleased to offer BOTOX for men and women in San Jose, CA who want to diminish the signs of aging. With BOTOX treatments, it’s possible to rejuvenate your youthful appearance without surgery or downtime. For more information about BOTOX and other cosmetic injectables to fit your goals, get in touch with our office to schedule a consultation.