Botox® – How I do it

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Having a Botox injection procedure is much less scary than many people imagine it to be. The procedure involves a few tiny injections, minimal discomfort, and takes only about 10 minutes!
Here is how I do it.

Botox: Preparation and Consultation

During the initial consult, I will assess my patient’s wrinkles and decide which areas may benefit from treatment.

If my patient is consuming any medication or herbal supplements that may thin the blood and cause excessive bruising, I will instruct him or her to stop them, and return 1 to 2 weeks later for the procedure. Examples include aspirin, garlic and ginseng.

The first consult and the treatment can be done on the same day itself if you are a suitable candidate!

Botox: Pre- Procedure

The procedure is relatively painless, but I sometimes use an anesthetic cream to numb the areas treated to minimise discomfort. Otherwise, I use an ice pack to anesthetize the area. Many people don’t realize that ice is actually amazingly effective as an anesthetic!

Botox: The 10 min Procedure

Next, I will ask my patient to move certain muscles to assess which areas to inject, and get a rough idea of how much to inject.

I always describe to my patients the exact spots which I am going to inject, or even mark out these areas with a pencil, so that they know exactly what to expect.

The injection proper occurs next, and takes only about 10 minutes.

Botox: Post Procedure

There is no recovery time needed! Tiny bumps may be visible from the injection solution, but these subside within the hour.

Patients are instructed not to massage the areas treated, or lie down flat, for 2 to 4 hours.

Botox: Follow –up

Botox® takes about 3 days to start taking effect, and about 2 weeks for maximal action.

Hence, I will review my patients 2 weeks after the treatment, to find out how they are doing, and to assess if additional Botox® is needed.

And that is all there is.

And here is how I do it for myself..

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Dr Siew is a medical doctor from Singapore. He runs DrSiew.com to educate the public about aesthetic procedures, and to bring the latest in skin care, anti-aging and aesthetic medical procedures to you. Dr Siew is also a passionate animal welfare advocate. He runs the animal welfare charity, SOSD in Singapore.

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