A Complete Guide To Your First BOTOX® Appointment

Wondering how BOTOX affects issues like fine lines and wrinkles? We walk you through your first BOTOX appointment, so you know exactly what to expect.

Did you know that BOTOX® was not initially made for wrinkle reduction? This safe and effective treatment is also commonly used for muscle stiffness, migraines, and severe underarm sweating. Botulinum toxin type A, or BOTOX, is a neurotoxin that minimizes the appearance of fine lines wrinkles and lines by preventing muscle contractions and relaxing the facial muscles. It’s one of the most common aesthetic procedures for men and women, and it can be completed in less than thirty minutes.

If you have considered using BOTOX or similar wrinkle reducing treatments in the past but were unsure of the process or results, board-certified dermatologists Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper and their team of expert aestheticians and providers at the Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Greater Philadelphia, PA, with two locations in Lansdale and Fort Washington, are here to help. Read on to learn what BOTOX is like and what you should do to prepare for your first appointment.

The Difference Between Wrinkle Relaxers And Fillers

Every person has different facial features based on their age, genetics, and environmental factors such as sun damage. Depending on your cosmetic needs and goals, you may be better suited for a wrinkle relaxer than a dermal filler. BOTOX is a wrinkle relaxer, while dermal filler products such as Juvéderm® act as facial volumizers. An injectable dermal filler works by plumping the facial creases and contours in the face. During your consultation at either of the two convenient Greater Philadelphia locations of the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, a skilled member of our team will let you know which option is best for your skin and your overall aesthetic goals.

Your First BOTOX Appointment

To start, it is useful to know that a BOTOX consultation and treatment can be performed on the same date if you are ready to receive the treatment. This saves you the time of scheduling a second appointment at a later date. When you arrive, you and your skilled aesthetician inside Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute will first discuss your problem areas, medical history, medications and supplements you are taking, and your personal aesthetic goals. For instance, you may have issues such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, or a furrowed brow. Our team of expert injectors will inform you how BOTOX will treat these areas and where the injection sites will be.

It is important to us that you feel completely comfortable before the injection, so if you have concerns about BOTOX and its side effects, a consultation is a perfect time to ask your aesthetician. BOTOX is performed through a small series of injections spaced out in the areas decided on beforehand. You may feel some pain at the injection sites, but this is temporary and will only last for a few moments. Afterward, we will offer you some simple instructions about taking care of the sites at home.

How The Results of BOTOX Look

One of the questions we often receive is “how natural will the results of BOTOX look?” If you’re worried about appearing “overdone”, don’t be! You can trust BOTOX to deliver the subtle results you want without looking treated. A skilled and licensed medical professional at our locations in Fort Washington and Lansdale, PA, may offer suggestions for making your appearance look smoother and softer without the hard lines and wrinkles. The critical part of this treatment is to get the right qualified individual to perform it. Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute has many trusted providers who have years of experience administering BOTOX in Greater Philadelphia and other injectables to restore the youth of patients. We understand that BOTOX can be administered to both men and women who want to look more like themselves, but without the noticeable lines.

When Can I Start Receiving BOTOX Treatments?

The short answer? Whenever you want! It may be helpful to understand the BOTOX can help PREVENT wrinkles from formings, so it’s never too soon to start helping your skin!

Following your appointment, you can resume your daily activities as usual. In fact, many of our patients at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute receive BOTOX injectables during a long lunch break. However, we do recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for about 24 hours afterward. You may also want to sleep in an upright position to prevent swelling. Try not to touch your face, or you may cause the injection to spread to other areas. You should not experience any lasting or severe effects, and see the difference in about 5 – 7 days. Results usually last about 3 – 4 months, so your aesthetician will let you know when to schedule a follow-up appointment at our facility to maintain your results.


Contact Us

If you are considering getting BOTOX for the first time, you might be curious about what to expect. At Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, we care about each patient and strive to keep our patients fully informed and educated about each cosmetic process. At our top-of-the-line facility, we provide high-quality, effective procedures with the most natural-looking results possible in Fort Washington and Lansdale, PA. Reach out to a member of our team and schedule a consult with a friendly aesthetician today.