What to Expect During Your First Botox Treatment

Via social media, word of mouth, and tv shows and movies, there’s lots of information out there on what it’s like to get various cosmetic treatments. Reviews of Botox®, even though it’s been around for a while now, can still be full of misinformation. That’s where our experts come in. 


At Cache Cosmetics & Laser, Dr. Vera Carlson and her experienced staff know that the first step to getting the youthful look you want is to be completely prepared. We want to answer all of your questions about your Botox treatments, so you feel informed before stepping foot in our office. 

The basics of Botox

Your Botox treatment starts long before the needle ever gets near your skin. It begins with a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria produces a special kind of toxin that has temporary paralytic effects on your muscles. 


Botox is the brand name drug approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. In small doses administered by a medical professional like Dr. Carlson, it has incredible anti-aging powers.

Your first treatment

As is true with most things in life, it’s best to be prepared, even when it comes to a simple cosmetic treatment. Here’s what to expect when you’re expecting your first Botox treatment. 

Botox works below the skin

It’s a common misconception that Botox dissolves the wrinkles on the surface of your skin when in reality it works far below the surface. 

The solution penetrates deep into the muscles of your skin to temporarily freeze them. Without the ability to move and contract, the wrinkles caused by repetitive motions, like the ones on your forehead and around your eyes, nose, and mouth melt away. 

You won’t look unnatural

Another falsehood about Botox is that you’ll look like you’ve had your face caught in a wind tunnel. This is a common farce typically perpetuated by unflattering pictures of celebrities and silly acting on the big screen. 

The reality is that Dr. Carlson knows exactly how much will give you the look you want without making your look unnatural. 

It’s really not that painful

You’ve likely heard the phrase beauty is pain. The good news is that you can get the beauty benefits of Botox without suffering through significant pain. 

It’s true that you’ll feel a pinching sensation, but Dr. Carlson can apply a gentle numbing cream before getting started to keep you even more comfortable

Recovery is a breeze

While we don’t recommend you schedule your Botox treatments the day before a 5k run, you can return to your normal routine once you leave the office. 

You might want to avoid any extraneous exercise the first hours after your treatment, and keeping your head elevated will ensure even distribution of the product and prevent bruising. 

Some of our patients have reported some mild bruising, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site. This is completely normal and over-the-counter pain medication and an ice pack should make these minor side effects subside quickly. 

Results appear quickly

But they don’t last forever. You’ll be amazed to see how the temporarily paralytic effects of the Botox solution make your wrinkles fade away within 24-48 hours. You’ll enjoy these results for up to four months before you need another round of treatment. 

They pair nicely with other cosmetic treatments

Why stop at just addressing your wrinkles? Why not take advantage of a whole arsenal of anti-aging treatments? Now you can. 

Botox works well when paired with other treatments like fillers. The potency of Botox combined with the plumping power of fillers can give you the complete youthful glow you’ve been chasing. Talk to Dr. Carlson about combining treatments to see if it’s an option for you. 

If you’re reading this, it’s evident that you care for both your physical health and your overall aesthetic. Why else would you be seeking out expert advice? You can rest assured that Dr. Calrson addresses your health and beauty goals with the utmost care and concern. 

If you’d like more information or would like to begin treatment with a consultation, call our office or schedule an appointment online today.

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