American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

I’ve been thinking about getting Botox but…

Question: Do Botox injections hurt?

Answer: Injecting anything with a needle can cause mild discomfort but that all depends on the physician’s skills and use of ancillary methods to reduce discomfort.  Numbing cream can be used for the very sensitive patient or ice can also be applied immediately before injection to chill the skin and thereby anesthetize it.  Some doctors tend to vibrate the skin a bit before injection to help with discomfort.  Finally, something that I have done in my practice that has truly helped is to stop using preservative-free saline in the reconstitution.  It is simply unnecessary and causes undue burning sensation during injection.