Preparing for your Botox Treatment: What You Should Know

Botox injections are well-known for reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the face, but many people are unsure of what to expect before, during, and after treatment. Let’s take a look at what you should know to prepare for your Botox treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily blocks the signals from the nerves that cause the facial muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.

Preparing for Your Botox Treatment

There are a number of things you can do to prepare for Botox treatment. Your doctor will also give you some guidelines to follow before the procedure.


The first step in preparing for your Botox treatment is to schedule a consultation. One of our experienced providers at First State MedSpa can talk to you about your questions and concerns and discuss the treatment. We will also go through your medical history, assess your facial features and skin condition, and determine the appropriate dosage and injection sites.

Avoid Blood Thinners

To minimize the risk of bruising and bleeding during and after the procedure, we recommend avoiding taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E supplements for at least a week before your appointment.

Avoid Alcohol

We also advise that you avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours before your treatment. Alcohol can increase the risk of bruising and swelling during and after the injections.

What to Expect During Your Botox Treatment

On the day of your Botox treatment, you should arrive at the office with a clean face, free of makeup or skincare products. The procedure typically takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of injection sites.

To minimize discomfort, your injector will use a cooling device that temporarily numbs the area that is being injected. Your injector will then use a fine needle to inject the Botox into the targeted muscles. You may feel a slight pinch or pressure during the injection, but nothing too bad.

After Your Botox Treatment

After your Botox treatment, you may experience mild redness, swelling, and bruising around the injection sites. This is normal and should subside within a few hours to a few days.

You should avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure, and alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Botox Results

When can you expect to see results? You should start to see the effects of Botox within 3-7 days. The full results will likely show up after about two weeks.

The effects of Botox typically last for about 3-6 months. After that, you may need a touch-up or maintenance treatment.

Schedule a Consultation

Does Botox sound like what you’re looking for? Schedule a consultation with First State MedSpa today. Our experienced team will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

To schedule an appointment today, call our Wilmington, DE office at (302) 208-6084 or use our online contact form.