BOTOX® Cosmetic remains a leading cosmetic procedure for treating and correcting visible signs of stress and aging. Find out what Botox treatment administered by one of our dermatologists or skin care specialists can do for you:
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that is injected into the muscles of the face to temporarily improve frown lines between the eyebrows and moderate to severe crow’s feet around the eyes; it is the only FDA-approved prescription product for this type of treatment. Used for more than a decade for ophthalmological conditions, the product works under the skin’s surface to target underlying muscular activity, thus temporarily improving, reducing or eliminating lines and wrinkles in targeted areas. The dosage for BOTOX® Cosmetic is carefully calibrated for cosmetic use and differs from the dosage of other botulinium products, such as Myobloc®, Dysport® or Xeomin®.
Who is a candidate for this treatment?
Candidates for the treatment are adults who wish to improve their appearance by minimizing look of frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet. Prior to treatment, your doctor will discuss your desired outcome and perform a facial analysis.
Is There Any Reason I Should Not Take BOTOX®?
Not everyone should have BOTOX® injections, depending on allergies, pre-existing medical conditions and previous reactions to similar products. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any muscle or nerve conditions, plan to have facial surgery, or if you are pregnant or nursing or are planning to be. You will also need to give the doctor a list of current and recently taken medications. You should not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinium toxin product or have an infection at any planned injection site.
What is the Treatment Process?
The doctor will inject BOTOX® Cosmetic directly into the muscles in target areas, a process that takes about 10 minutes. Using a tiny needle, the doctor will inject targeted muscle areas. For treatment of crow’s feet, the doctor will administer three injections per eye in the muscle that surrounds the side of the eye. For treatment of frown lines, five injections will be administered into two muscles in the forehead. As the muscle weakens, overlying skin relaxes and wrinkles fade away or even disappear.
Is it painful?
Most patients report little pain during treatment, describing injections as feeling like a small pinch. This discomfort can be alleviated by application of numbing cream prior to treatment.
What is the recovery time?
There is minimal downtime after BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. You can resume your day immediately after receipt of aftercare instructions from your doctor.
When Will I See Results?
Though results may vary, most patients reported seeing significant improvement in treated areas by day 30. You should start seeing initial results of treatment within 24 to 48 hours, with the full effect normally seen within 30 days. Some patients are concerned that the treatment will make them “look fake”? However, when administered with the proper technique, BOTOX® Cosmetic should not cause you to lose the ability to show expression. BOTOX® should always be administered by a licensed, trained professional who is an expert in facial anatomy.
Are There Side Effects?
Common side effects after treatment may include discomfort, swelling, minor bleeding or pain at the injection site, headache, dry mouth, swollen eyelids, neck pain or tiredness.
Overall, BOTOX® is a very safe product, particularly at the very low dosage levels used with BOTOX® Cosmetic; however in a few cases, more serious side effects have been reported. Contact your doctor or other medical assistance immediately if you experience problems swallowing, breathing or speaking at any time after the injections or if you experience weakness, loss of muscle control, double vision or blurred vision.