BOTOX Cosmetic is one of the most effective and popular treatment options for fine facial lines and wrinkles.
BOTOX is an FDA-approved injectable treatment primarily for forehead lines as well as excessive sweating of the underarms and hands. BOTOX is derived from naturally existing compounds that have been purified and refined for injection. It has been approved for cosmetic uses and is the #1 selling product of its kind in the world.
BOTOX belongs to a unique category of cosmetic injectables known as neuromodulators. It’s made of a special neurotoxin protein (botulinum toxin type A) that blocks the nerve signals from reaching targeted facial muscles responsible for the prominence of your dynamic wrinkles. It temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles to relax the wrinkles, giving you a smooth and youthful skin.
Any injection can hurt of course, but the needles used for Botox injections are extremely small, so pain is minimal. Most patients say that if they feel anything at all, the injections feel like a pinch.
You should tell your specialist if you’ve received any type of related injections within the past four months, and be sure to tell your specialist if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, allergy medications or any blood thinners medications. BOTOX should not be used if you are pregnant or lactating, or if you’ve had a previous allergic reaction to BOTOX or any of its ingredients.
BOTOX injections are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects which are very rare. One of the attractions of BOTOX treatment is that it doesn’t require any real downtime or major activity restriction. BOTOX patients can get back to their usual activities immediately after their treatment.
You will likely start noticing some visible results within the first 48 hours, however, the final results take up to 7-10 days to fully show. If you are still experiencing movement after 10 to 14 days then touch-up can be performed.
The result for most patients lasts 4 to 6 months.
There’s a common misconception that Botox injections lead to “plastic” or artificial cosmetic results. Some fear the dreaded “frozen” appearance wherein the individual can’t express any emotions. However, these misconceptions are popularized by the media, and they’re based on cases performed by inexperienced or poorly-skilled providers.