What you can expect

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Before the procedure

Although most people tolerate the injection discomfort well, you may want your skin to be numb beforehand. Several options are available, including:

  • Injections. Your doctor can inject a numbing medication into your skin.
  • Cream. A prescription cream can be applied 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure.
  • Cold spray. A blast of very cold air is directed at the skin for about 10 seconds. The numbness only lasts a few seconds.

During the procedure

Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Botox injections are usually done in a doctor's office.

After the procedure

Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.

Feb. 06, 2013