These are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from prospective patients at San Diego Botox.

Does getting Botox hurt?

San Diego Botox exclusively uses 33-gauge needles to inject Botox. These are smaller than insulin needles and are the smallest hallow bore needles available. That being said, you are getting an injection in the face, which is a sensitive area. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and most patients experience some pain. Some injections are near painless and some hurt quite a bit, but the pain is very short-lived and there is minimal to no pain afterwards.

I heard Botox is a toxin. Is getting cosmetic Botox dangerous?

Like everything in medicine, toxicity is a matter of dosing and the amount of Botox injected for cosmetic procedures is thousands of times too small for any major adverse effects. In fact, no one has ever died as a result of receiving cosmetic Botox.  That’s pretty impressive seeing as 6.1 million Americans received cosmetic Botox last year alone. Botulism, a form of food poisoning that results from eating a massive amount of un-purified protein, has been an extremely deadly disease throughout history.    Today, however, as long as you don’t can your own vegetables, this is unlikely to happen to you.

How long after the procedure does it take to see results?

Most Botox patients see results on post-procedure day three and full results on post-procedure day seven.

How long does the Botox last?

First-time Botox patients typically see results that last between three-to-four months. Patients who have been receiving Botox for a number of years typically have longer-lasting results.

What will happen if I get Botox one time but do not continue to get it on a regular basis?

If you do not continue to get it on a regular basis, the effects will wear off and your wrinkles will reappear. You will NOT get more wrinkles than you previously had. This is a common misconception.

Will it be obvious that I’ve had a cosmetic procedure?

At San Diego Botox, we aim to give patients the “you look better, but I don’t know why” look. Because Botox simply decreases muscle activity and does not stretch skin, rest assured you will not get the blown away, over-filled look associated with more invasive cosmetic procedures.

Is there anyone who should not get Botox?

Yes. People who cannot get Botox include anyone who has:

* Had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Botox

* A skin infection at the planned injection site

I’m pregnant. Can I still get Botox?

Although it’s unlikely there will be any adverse side effects to your baby, San Deigo Botox will not perform the procedure if you are pregnant.