Posted on: 23 March 2021Share
If you have a fear of needles or think Botox might hurt, you may wonder if you will be able to sit through the whole procedure. It's normal to be concerned about cosmetic procedures that involve needles. However, you will be happy to learn that most people find the Botox experience relatively comfortable. Most procedures last ten minutes or less, and the sensation is described as a small pinch, which goes away quickly. However, there are some things you can do to make your Botox experience even more comfortable.
Choose the Right Provider
An experienced Botox provider will be able to set your mind at ease. They will also know techniques for helping you relax and will be able to apply the injections quickly and efficiently, reducing the time of the procedure. Perhaps more importantly, knowing you are working with an experienced professional can help you feel confident about the procedure and the results, which will ultimately help you relax.
Ask For Numbing Cream Or Ice
While most Botox procedures do not require numbing, some providers will use ice or numbing cream to make the experience more comfortable, especially when working on deeper or more extensive wrinkles in sensitive areas such as the near the bridge of your nose. But even if you are going in for a quick and simple treatment, you can ask your provider to use a numbing treatment to help you relax. Generally, numbing cream is applied about ten minutes before the procedure, so if you opt for this, expect your appointment to last twenty or thirty minutes as opposed to just ten or fifteen minutes.
Know Whether You Want To See the Needle
Many people feel more comfortable not seeing the Botox needle before their procedure. For most applications it is better to have your eyes closed throughout the procedure, so it is realistic to never see a needle. However, some people feel more comfortable seeing just how small the Botox needle actually is. If you think this might help, you can ask to see any equipment that will be used and ask how and where injections will be applied before your procedure starts.
It is normal to be nervous before your first procedure. Most people realize how non-invasive Botox is after their first experience and have no trouble returning for repeat treatments. However, it's important that you choose a provider you can trust and feel comfortable with to make sure your first experience is as comfortable as possible.