BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.

Applications for BOTOX Cosmetic

Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX Cosmetic is used to treat the following:

  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Skin bands on the neck

According to Allergan, BOTOX Cosmetic has been "extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies."

BOTOX Cosmetic Procedure and Results

Using a very fine needle, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.

Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic

Injection-site side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections.


What Ares Can Be Treated With Botox?

Botox can be used in multiple areas of your body, which include your forehead, between the brows, in your chin, in the bunny lines of your nose, and in the upper lip. Botox can also be used to correct a wide number of cosmetic concerns, including a droopy smile, gummy smile, and drooping eyebrows. 

How Does Botox Work?

Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles that create static lines. With subsequent injections, the nerve impulses slow and keep your skin smoother for longer. When the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract no longer send signals, you will not experience the dynamic lines and wrinkles that people want to avoid through injections.

Does Botox Hurt?

No, Botox injections do not hurt. While most patients do tolerate treatment well, others may need topical anesthetic to feel more comfortable. 

When Will I See My Results?

It takes approximately 10 to 14 days for patients to see the complete results of their Botox treatment. Results last between three to six months depending on the treatment site, the amount of Botox injected, and your body’s absorption rate.

What Age Can I Start Getting Botox?

Patients can receive Botox as long as they are at least 18 years old. However, the ideal age to start receiving Botox is between the mid-20s and 30s, as it can serve as a preventative treatment to prevent the formation of more complex dynamic wrinkles and lines later. However, there is no wrong age to receive Botox treatment, and you can explore it well into your 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Is Botox Safe?

As long as injections are administered by a qualified, licensed medical professional, Botox is generally safe. While there are no harmful long-term effects, there is an extremely rare chance of a negative reaction to Botox.

However, as long as you are in good general health and have not had negative experiences with Botox in the past, it is considered safe.

Are There Any Adverse Side Effects?

Botox side effects commonly appear at the injection site and include redness, swelling, bruising, and pain to the touch. Some patients report a temporary headache and flu-like symptoms, but this is uncommon.

It is important to always have Botox injections performed by a licensed, trained professional to avoid possible infection at the injection site, exaggerated drooping, or undesired results.

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