How do I prepare for a botulinum toxin injection?
Although botulinum toxin injections are generally low-risk and do not require intensive screening like a surgical procedure, you should always disclose a full medical history and any medications you are currently taking to your surgeon.
In advance of your treatment, you should:
- Stop smoking. If you are a smoker, disclose this information to your surgeon in advance and your surgeon will let you know how far in advance of your treatment you need to quit.
- Inform your surgeon if you have had botulinum toxin injections in the past.
- Let your surgeon know if you are taking or have taken any NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil or Aleve), anticoagulants or blood thinners, muscle relaxants, or allergy or sleeping medication. Some medications can cause complications, bleeding or extra bruising. Ask your surgeon if you need to discontinue or skip your medicines before your procedure to prevent problems.
What can I expect the day of my botulinum toxin injections?
Be sure to consult with your surgeon before your treatment so you have the most accurate expectations.
- You will likely have your botulinum toxin injections in an office treatment room.
- Your surgeon will clean the injection sites prior to your injections.
- Usually, you will not need anesthesia as the needles are very short and thin, causing minimal discomfort.
- Depending on your specific concerns and condition, you may need several injections to achieve your desired result.
- You may have slight pain, short-lasting swelling, and minimal redness and bleeding following your treatment.
- You will be ready to drive home after the procedure.