What exactly is BOTOX®
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced
by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical,
physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce
moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people
18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of
BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few
tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those
stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10
minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you
may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results
How does BOTOX®
Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form
over time as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX®
Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles between your
brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses
to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the
muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.
When will I
see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate
to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to
improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to
4 months. Results may vary.
How long does BOTOX®
Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic
can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment,
the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like
they did before treatment.
Is treatment with
BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting,
your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack
or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately
10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the physician’s
office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic
Who should not use
BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used in the presence
of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals
with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation.
Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia
gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk
of serious side effects.
experience any side effects?
The most common side effects following injection include temporary
eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation,
tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may
be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular
disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton
syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects
Will my facial expressions
continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX®
Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance
or make you look as if you "had work done." The
muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows
is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised
without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What will happen
to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe
frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they
did before treatment.
When considering your facial aesthetic options, BOTOX®
Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to an American Society
for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey, BOTOX®
Cosmetic is one of the low-entry-cost facial aesthetic procedures
in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments,
such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical
peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations.