Using a very fine needle, your doctor injects the Botox directly into the targeted facial muscles. A topical anesthetic cream may be applied to your skin to decrease the sensation of the injection; you should discuss this option with your doctor beforehand. Botox treatments take only a few minutes and are given during a typical office visit. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately.
The effects of Botox-induced muscle relaxation begin to occur within about three days. By the end of the first week, you will probably notice a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the treated areas. Repeat injections of Botox may be given after the effects wear off.