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Frequently Asked Questions | BOTOX® Cosmetic, Botox Injections Houston

How long does Botox take to work?

In general, you can see the effects of Botox as early as 3 to 4 days after an injection. Dr. Oscar Trujillo, a facial plastic surgeon at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, says most patients will see results within 10 to 14 days but should wait the full 14 days to see the maximum results.

Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?

Botox has been so successful because it is so simple. When it is injected, it blocks the signals from the nerve to the muscle. The muscle is paralysed and the skin doesn’t move, resulting in fewer or shallower wrinkles. But the beauty industry is realising that it isn’t necessarily wrinkles that make us look older.

How soon can I wash my face after Botox?

You can gently wash your face straight after having Botox®. However, for seven days after the procedure you should avoid facials, massages and other treatments that put direct pressure on the face.

Are there any possible side effects to BOTOX®?

In most cases there will be no side effects to a treatment of BOTOX®. However, because everybody’s physiology is different, people can be affected in different ways. A small minority of people reported the following symptoms.

  • Bruising — For the majority of patients, the area of injection will appear no different. For a small minority, some minor bruising may occur.
  • Bumps — A few minutes after treatment small bumps may be visible on the skin. These will disappear very quickly.
  • Headache — True BOTOX® allergies are exceedingly rare. Temporary headache is the most commonly reported symptom following BOTOX® injection, though the numbers of patients who report headaches is very small compared with the amount of treatments performed. Any headache can be treated with usual painkillers.
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