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Nervous About Your First Botox® Treatment? Here's Exactly What to Expect

Nervous About Your First Botox® Treatment? Here's Exactly What to Expect

It’s normal to feel nervous and excited about coming in for your first Botox® treatment. Knowing how the injections work and what results you might expect can help ease your nerves. 

At Wrinkle Fairy in Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace, Arlington Heights, and Naperville, Illinois, we understand that entering the world of aesthetic treatments can be daunting. We want to ease your concerns with clear, supportive information about what to expect.

Our team, led by Leslie Forrester, APRN, is committed to making your experience as comfortable and informative as possible. 

Keep reading as we walk you through the Botox procedure from start to finish—detailing what to expect before, during, and after your treatment—so you can feel confident and relaxed about your decision.  

Why choose Botox?

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles. It’s typically used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles. 

Beyond aesthetics, Botox can also be used to treat various medical conditions, such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.

Botox has been used for decades and is a safe, effective product. It offers cosmetic improvements without the need for surgery.

People love Botox because it’s quick, with treatments lasting only about 10-15 minutes. Plus, there’s minimal downtime, so you can return to most of your daily activities right after your session.

Do I need to prepare before getting Botox?

Feeling prepared can significantly ease your nerves. Here’s how you can get ready for your first Botox session:

Have a consultation

Having an initial conversation sets the foundation for a successful treatment. Our specialists assess your facial structure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and explain the Botox procedure in detail.

Medication and supplements

To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid blood-thinning, over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, for a few days before your treatment. You can also stop taking supplements that thin the blood, like vitamin E. 

Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider before stopping any medication. 


Although this doesn’t directly affect your Botox results, being well-hydrated helps maintain your skin’s overall health. This can enhance your skin’s appearance, complementing your Botox results.

Taking these steps can help ensure that your Botox treatment goes as smoothly as possible, leading to better results and a more comfortable experience.

What happens during a Botox session?

When you arrive for your Botox treatment, your provider will cleanse your skin thoroughly. They then mark the areas on your skin where the Botox will be injected.

We may use an ice roller to gently numb the area, then using a fine needle, your provider injects Botox into the targeted muscles. Most patients report little to no discomfort during this process, often comparing it to a quick pinch.

At any time during your procedure, you can ask your provider questions or take a quick break. 

What can I expect after my injections?

After your Botox injections, you might experience slight redness or swelling, which typically subsides within a few hours. Here are some tips for aftercare:

Do not rub the treated area

Avoid touching or massaging the injected sites for at least 24 hours to prevent spreading the toxin to unintended muscles.

Avoid strenuous activity

It’s best to avoid heavy physical activity for the rest of the day.

Watch for results

You’ll begin to see the effects of Botox within three to five days, with maximum results appearing after about two weeks. Results last an average of three to four months, but may last for as long as six months in some patients. 

At that time, you can schedule additional treatments. Regular follow-ups help maintain the smooth, youthful appearance you desire.

Following these aftercare instructions can help maximize your comfort and the effectiveness of your treatment.

Ready to see fewer fine lines and wrinkles in the mirror? Schedule an appointment online or over the phone at Wrinkle Fairy and get started with Botox today.

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