Not really. Getting an injection is never pleasant, but most patients tolerate the tiny pinch associated with the fine needle used for botox injections very well. Depending on the area of the face and number of injection sites; the treatment is quick and over in a moment.
The needle used for these anti-wrinkle injectable treatments is very thin and is not inserted deeply; so most patients report a quick sting as their only experience of pain. Patients who are very sensitive or find themselves getting tense in the anticipation of the injection can request a topical anaesthetic to numb the area beforehand – usually in the form of a gel applied before treatment.
Sometimes there may be a tiny pink dot at the injection site, but this mark goes away after a few minutes. Some people may experience minor redness and swelling at the site, which will dissipate within 15 -20 minutes or at most, a few hours. Ice packs can be applied if necessary.
Bruising after Botox, or post injection ecchymosis, can occur even with the most skilled botox injector, and depend on the skin type and reaction of each patient – although bruising is still relatively uncommon. There are two types of Botox bruises: immediate bruising and delayed bruising. Immediate bruising shows up a few hours after the injection, while delayed bruising can take 1-2 days (sometimes 3) before you see it on your skin.
You will be asked to stop taking any medication that thin the blood prior to treatment, as these medicines increase your chance of bruising. There may be a little soreness at the site of the injections for a few hours; all reactions should wear off and resolve without any intervention relatively quickly.
To ask questions and to book an appointment, call Cosmetic Doctor on 01 685 3100