Botox – Anti Wrinkle Treatment
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Botox® cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows, wrinkles on the forehead and crow’s feet in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
Botox® cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows, on the forehead and in crows feet . It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe wrinkles.
Why Does Skin Age?
Aging skin and wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by free radicals. When you concentrate, squint, or frown, your facial muscles contract, causing your skin to wrinkle. After years of frequent contraction, those wrinkles can linger even after the muscles are at rest.
How does Botox Work?
Botox® cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes the persistent lines and wrinkles.
Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following botox® cosmetic treatment.
Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
Visible results have been shown to last up to 4-6 months. Individual may vary – be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
What are the possible side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic can cause serious side effects. See “What is the most important information I should know about BOTOX® and BOTOX®Cosmetic?” in Medication Guide.Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include:
- dry mouth
- discomfort or pain at the injection site
- neck pain
- eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes
- allergic reactions; symptoms of an allergic reaction to BOTOX® or BOTOX®Cosmetic may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.