Botox Treatment: What to Expect

Considering Botox, but don’t know what to expect? Botox is a toxin injected deep into the muscles so they relax and subsequently smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It has remained a popular anti-aging treatment option for nearly 20 years, and is available through your West Hollywood dermatologists at The Kopelson Clinic. Let’s look at what you can expect from the celebrated treatment before scheduling an appointment with the skin specialists:

A Slight Pinch

Some patients note feeling a slight pinch when they receive Botox injections. This is completely normal, however if you’re concerned about pain simply ask your dermatologist to numb the skin that’s receiving injections with ice first. A topical numbing agent may also be used if you desire it.

 10 Minutes

 The entire Botox process takes about 10 minutes, which is one of the reasons it earned a reputation as a “lunchtime” procedure. It may take a little more or less time depending on how many injections you’re receiving.


The official Botox website notes the toxin is a technique-sensitive treatment that when administered by a highly-trained professional will not result in a “frozen,” expressionless face. You will still look like you, only with fewer lines and sagging skin. This is one of the many reasons Botox is increasingly preferred over the traditional facelift, which often makes people look “freakish” instead of younger.

 24 To 48 Hours

You’ll begin to notice the beautiful effects of Botox treatment 24 to 48 hours after you receive injections. Botox differs from dermal fillers in this way, as the latter provides immediately noticeable results that become even more apparent over the next few days. Botox may take a little longer to reveal noticeable results, but they last anywhere from four to six months.

Normal Routine

 Because Botox is a celebrated “lunchtime” procedure you’ll be able to resume normal activities immediately, however refraining from exercise for 12 to 24 hours is recommended. This is necessary to avoid excess blood flow to the face, which can “wash out” newly-injected Botox. Recovery is otherwise very minimal.

Learn more about Botox in West Hollywood by contacting The Kopelson Clinic today.