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What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Injections of Botox® Cosmetic are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure for one reason — Botox is very effective in reducing the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, lines between the eyebrows (colloquially known as the “11s”), and crow’s feet.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Botox is made of the botulinum toxin type A, which when used in very small amounts, has been found to temporarily paralyze muscles. On the face this is important because muscles are the culprit behind wrinkles, in this case the wrinkles caused by repeated actions such as frowning or squinting. When injected into the muscle creating the wrinkle, Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscle, stopping the muscle from contracting. With the muscle temporarily paralyzed, the wrinkle on the surface is reduced or disappears. Botox doesn’t work on wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity because they are not muscle triggered; addressing those wrinkles is the domain of fillers.
When will I see results from BOTOX® Cosmetic injections?
A Botox session takes just a few minutes, the injections delivered with a very fine needle. Anesthesia is not necessary. Results are not immediate, usually taking from three to seven days to fully take effect.
How long does the result of BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
The effects of Botox last from four to six months. As the Botox is absorbed, muscle action gradually returns and with it the lines and wrinkles caused by those muscles. Another Botox session will then be needed to maintain your results. However, over time, lines and wrinkles appear less severe because the muscles are being trained to relax.
Are there any side effects with a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
Bruising at the injection sites is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches that can last up to two days can also result, but are rare. Some patients may develop eyelid drooping when the Botox affects an adjoining muscle, but this again is rare and usually ends within three weeks. To minimize this Botox migration, patients should not rub the treated area for 12 hours after their procedure.