BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines. The treatment is most commonly used on patients between the 18 and 65 years of age.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a “simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works for blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines to form between to the brows.”
Aging skin and wrinkles are caused by a combination of various factors throughout an individual’s life – these include: cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by free radicals. Vertical lines also tend to appear between the brows as a result of muscle contractions. After years of frequent contractions, wrinkles begin to linger at the surface of the skin even after the muscles are at rest.
BOTOX® has also been approved by the FDA to treat the symptoms of excessive underarm perspiration or sweating, when topical medications do not work well enough. “BOTOX® neurotoxin is injected into the affected areas to help control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.”
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- How long does it take to see results and how long do results last?
Results begin to appear within the first few days post-treatment. Lines created by wrinkles continue to improve for the first thirty days and results usually last for up to 4-6 months. Results may vary depending on the severity of wrinkles so be sure to speak with our physician about what you can expect.
- What conditions and/or areas can BOTOX® Cosmetic injections be used for?
- Forehead Lines: Frontalis Muscle
- Glabella/Frown Lines: Corrugator Supercilii and Procerus muscles
- Crow’s Feet (Lateral Orbital Lines): Orbicularis Oculi and Procerus Muscles
- Bunny Lines (Transverse Nasal)
- Peri-oral Lines (Smoker’s Lines): Orbicularis Oris Muscle
- Marionette Lines: Depresssor Anguli Oris and/or Trangularis Muscles
- Mentalis Dysfunction (Chin “Dents”): Mentalis Muscle
- Vertical Platysma Bands: Platysma Muscle
- Underarm (Auxillary) Hyperhydrosis (Excessive underarm sweating)
- Are BOTOX® Cosmetic injections painful?
Discomfort caused by BOTOX® Cosmetic injections is usually minimal and brief. Depending on the patients pain tolerance or the severity of the condition, our physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Commonly, the procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
- Who should not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic injections?
Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you:
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic. See the Medication Guide online for a list of ingredients. Available at the BOTOX® Cosmetic webpage.
- had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®
- have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
You should not be treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic if you have:
- a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
- allergies to any botulinum toxin product
- had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past
- a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
- swallowing problems
- bleeding problems
- plans to have surgery
- had surgery on your face
- weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
- drooping eyelids
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby. are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk.