Botox Basics for the First-Time Patient

Botox is one of those topics that are mostly misunderstood. There is a lot of information, both positive and negative, circulating online so it’s understandable that you might be confused about what Botox is, what your experience will be like and what results you can expect.

Botox is a highly effective treatment and this article aims to clear up some of the questions that you might have as a first-time patient.

Botox Basics: Answers to Common Questions

When should I start having Botox?

Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to this purely because every patient is so different. If you really want to prevent those deep-set lines, it’s never a bad idea to start younger. This is in no way a suggestion that you should be receiving Botox in your early 20s but anytime from your late 20s to your early 30s is a good idea. Your sun exposure, skincare routine and your genetics will also play a role in how soon you should receive treatment.

Is there a difference between fillers and Botox injections?

Fillers and Botox injections are used for different reasons, which is why they are very often used together. Dynamic wrinkles are targeted with Botox while dermal fillers are used to smooth out static wrinkles, which are visible without having to move your facial muscles. You can find out more about the benefits of both options by visiting

How much can I expect to pay for Botox treatments?

Every Botox provider has a different cost and since your needs will be different to other patients, there is no real way to provide an exact estimate of how much your treatments will cost.

Will I need more than one Botox treatment?

To maintain your results, you will need several treatments over the course of 12 months for the effects to be optimal. However, it’s incredibly important not to overdo it – your clinician will be able to provide you with a tailored treatment plan based on your goals.

What should I expect before and after my Botox treatment?

Before you treatment commences, you will need to consult with a certified doctor who will examine your skin and explain the procedure to you. This is also a good time to ask any questions that you might have.

To decrease your chances of bruising, you will need to avoid any products that contain Aspirin for a few days before your appointment.

Patients can expect some slight discomfort as they are injected but it’s definitely manageable and over within a few seconds. If you notice a tiny bump at the injection site, know that this is completely normal and it will disappear.

Following your Botox treatment, your clinician will provide you with some aftercare instructions that include avoiding exercise for 24 hours and not lying down for several hours after your treatment. If you want to achieve your desired results, it’s important to carefully follow all of these instructions.

Hopefully, this article will have cleared up some of the confusion you might have had about Botox and whether or not it’s the right treatment for you.

Post Author: Teresa Sabo