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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Procedure Steps

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Procedure StepsThe key ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A, which can quickly relax an overactive wrinkle-forming muscle in the face and mitigate the effect of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. The procedure is ideal for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery for facial rejuvenation.

Prior to the Botox procedure, the treatment provider will explain the steps involved to the patient. Botox injectable treatment can be completed in about 20 minutes, and does not involve any specific downtime. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.  


Learn about Botox

When the patient is considering Botox injections, they should conduct a basic Google search to learn about the Botox procedure from a few reliable websites. They may also go through the website of the plastic surgery practice where they plan to visit for a Botox consultation.


Choose a Provider

When the patient has acquired a basic understanding of Botox treatment, they should select a practice that is well-equipped to provider Botox injections in a safe and professionally managed office environment. If the practice is headed by a board certified plastic surgeon, the patient can be better assured that they would follow the best practices and standards to perform the procedure.  


Sharing Information

The patient should disclose relevant information at the time of Botox consultation, such as whether they have received any injections of botulinum toxin in the last six months, or whether they are currently using any allergy drugs, sleeping pills, blood thinners, or muscle relaxants. If the patient is a smoker, they will be required to avoid it for a certain period of time prior to Botox treatment.


Botox Appointment

Botox injections will be administered in less than 20 minutes. The provider will identify the targeted sites for injections, and cleanse the area with a mild solution. A topical numbing gel or cream may be applied to the marked areas. The provider will use a narrow gauge micro needle to inject Botox medication into the targeted facial muscles that are causing wrinkles.

Frown lines and the lines in the outer eye area are most commonly treated with Botox. One to three injections may be needed to address an individual facial muscle. The tiny size of the needle will ensure that the patient experiences minimal discomfort.


Post-Treatment Instructions

When the treatment is over, the provider will instruct the patient on how to maintain the results. The patient should refrain from rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 12 hours after the Botox injections. For about four hours after the injection procedure, the patient should avoid lying down.

These simple tips will help to ensure that the neurotoxin does not shift to another area in the face where it was not intended. If the patient experiences persistent pain, severe swelling or other side effects that do not resolve in the first week, they should contact the surgeon. Judicious and committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and an assortment of other communities across the landscape for Botox injections.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

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