Botulinum Toxin or BOTOX is the most popular nonsurgical procedure in the U.S. with over 4.5 million of them performed last year!
BOTOX injections have to be administered by a qualified medical professional. The procedure begins with an initial consultation where the outcomes and expectations are discussed. You would be asked to quit smoking and alcohol two to three weeks before the treatment to get maximum results from the treatment. Dr. Nassif may ask you to stop certain medications including aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the chances of excessive bleeding and bruising at least two weeks before the treatment.
The injections and the amount of BOTOX needed are determined by the medical professional. After administration into the problem areas, the movement of the muscles in that area is frozen by the toxin. The injections themselves take a few minutes to administer and there is no requirement of a general or local anesthetic. You could undergo the treatment during your lunch break as usually, the appointment lasts for less than 15 minutes. There is no downtime and you can return to work immediately.
The results are visible within 72 hours although it could take seven days to obtain maximum effect. Dr. Nassif may ask you to follow up to review the response to BOTOX injections. It is common to see a partial response to the first set of BOTOX injections while complete muscle relaxation is obtained after the second or third set of injections.