Be Botox Ready

Botox has proven to be an excellent treatment for facial wrinkles—effectively reducing the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Patients come to UNC Aesthetic & Laser Center both excited and nervous about the rejuvenating qualities Botox offers. Prior to your Botox treatment, there are steps you can take to help make your injection more successful.


Communication is key to the success of your Botox treatment. Optimal results are seen in patients who are able to clearly communicate their goals and expectations. However, keep in mind that while it is important to know what you want—be willing to listen to your physician’s advice. Their expertise can prove invaluable when it comes to creating a beautiful and naturally appearing look.

Schedule Ahead

When it comes to scheduling your treatment—err on the side of caution. Are you getting Botox for an event? Plan to have your treatment at least one week before. If you know you bruise easily, we recommend that you schedule your Botox treatment farther ahead. Also, results may not be fully visible for up to one week as it takes one to seven days for Botox to fully “settle in”.


During your initial consultation, make sure to disclose any medication, vitamins, or supplements you are taking. Taking anything that thins the blood may promote bruising. Common Culprits:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

If you do find that you need to take medication for pain, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a safe option.

Botox at UNC Aesthetic & Laser Center

It is important to keep in mind that although a skilled hand can greatly reduce the chances of side effects, even the most skilled injector is not immune to slight side effects. It is not uncommon for a tiny red spot to appear at the point of injection.  Post treatment, minor swelling and bruising may occur. Most of our patients find that side effects last only two to seven days. Do you have more questions for us? Please schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons to learn more. We are here for you!