Here are the normal steps to perform the procedure:
Lori Sweat, patient since 2007
Seeing a skilled and an experienced medical practitioner for your treatments is recommended to avoid adverse side effects. Minor side effects are possible, including: pain, swelling, or bruising at injection site; headache; fever; chills. Some side affects have been associated with the injection area, and may include: drooping eyelids, uneven eyebrows, dry eyes, excessive tearing. Most side effects are temporary and will be resolved in a matter of time.
Anytime you do injections, there’s always the risk of bruising, which can take up to a week to go away. You can minimize your chances of a bruise by stopping anything that thins the blood (and isn’t medically necessary) one week before your appointment. This includes alcohol, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), like aspirin and ibuprofen, fish oil and vitamin E supplements.
The needle used for Botox injections is very thin, so most patients experience only a brief twinge of mild discomfort. If you’re concerned, you can request a topical numbing cream.
• Don’t lie down for 90 minutes to reduce the risk of diffusion. While this is a remote possibility, it has been documented.
• Don’t exercise for 24 hours. Exercise increases circulation which can increase the risk that the Botox will be taken away from the injection zone before it gets fully absorbed which can decrease the effect.
• Don’t rub the treated areas for four hours or apply pressure to the area including wearing tight hats or applying cold ice packs that you may press onto your skin. Patients can wash their face gently that night, however, we recommend they hold off on using any scru”b brushes (Clarisonic) until the next day.