BOTOX® Cosmetic is a natural purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and commonly used to non-surgically reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles creating a younger and more refreshed looking face. Botox is the most effective treatment for facial lines that are a sign of aging. Starting in our early thirties, facial lines or wrinkles start to form and are called dynamic lines which are increased by our facial expressions. Those wrinkles most effectively treated are between the eyebrows (glabella) which deepen when we frown; the lines across our forehead, which are more noticeable when we raise our eyebrows; and the lines around the outside of our eyes (crow’s feet), which are more evident when we smile or squint.
BOTOX Cosmetic is administered via a few tiny injections directly into the overactive muscles that cause lines to form. BOTOX Cosmetic works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscle thereby weakening the underlying muscles that create wrinkles. Over a period of 3-10 days there is a lessening of the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX Cosmetic therapy is temporary and usually last 3-5 months depending on the individual.
Patients who are pregnant, nursing, or have certain allergies or that have had any recent eye surgery may not use BOTOX Cosmetic.
Side effects are unlikely, although some people develop slight temporary bruising and tenderness at the injection site or headache. In rare cases, there can be a slight and temporary drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow lasting 1-2 weeks. This effect can be reversed with another treatment of Botox. The risk depends on the muscles to be injected and your doctor will discuss this with you fully before treatment.
BOTOX Cosmetic has found many therapeutic uses in many specialty fields such as treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underarms.