Does Botox Hurt?

One of the most common questions people ask about the Botox treatments we offer here at Dr. Richard J. Brown’s office is whether or not Botox injections hurt and if so, how much. We understand why this may be a concern. For some people, if the pain is too high, they’d rather live with their wrinkles and lines rather than having to experience even the slightest moment of discomfort.

So, does botox hurt?

It’s our estimate that maybe one person out of every 20 describes feeling pain, even in the slightest degree. Most people barely notice the injections at all.

One of the main reasons why people often don’t even notice the injection is because of the size of the needle used to administer the treatment. Most doctors who administer Botox use a very small 30-gauge needle. To give you a comparison, that is about the same size needle that diabetics use to self-administer insulin each day.

Doctors who are used to administering Botox treatments can become so good at doing what they do, you may not even notice the injection is happening. These type of doctors are well practiced and gentle enough to help avoid any discomfort or pain.

If you do happen to feel pain during a Botox injection, it is usually comparable to the feeling of a slight pinch rather than a burn or a sting. Even when this does occur, it usually happens quite quickly and is over before you know it. Some people have reported hearing a small crunch noise as the needle first enters the skin where the Botox will be administered. They say the sound is not associated with any pain and only lasts for a second.

Another concern people often have when it comes to receiving Botox injections is in regards to bruising. While it is impossible to say for sure whether someone will see a small or slight bruise on their face or wherever they received the Botox treatment, it is important to point out why bruising would occur.

The Botox therapy on its own does not cause any type of bruising. Most of the time, bruising comes about after a needle used for the treatment comes in contact with a blood vessel. Some people are much more prone to bruising than others and in some cases, there may not be any way to prevent bruises.

Again, one important precaution you can take is to choose a doctor who has lots of experience with Botox injections and understands which areas are most likely to bruise.

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So if pain has been the reason you have avoided Botox in the past, we invite you to put that fear behind you and give Dr. Richard J. Brown a call today at ​480-568-3804 to get your consultation scheduled.