Botox: Look Younger & More Relaxed

BOTOX® Works

After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes and on the forehead will often develop deep lines and wrinkles called “expression lines.” A frequent concern is that they often make you look older, tired, or stressed. Until recently, these lines have been difficult to treat. Now, by utilizing this FDA-approved muscle-relaxing agent, expression lines can be significantly reduced.

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic, produced by Allergan, Inc., is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. For over a decade ophthalmologists have used BOTOX® Cosmetic for its original intention, the treatment of blepharospasm. Physicians have utilized BOTOX® Cosmetic for years as a cosmetic treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® Cosmetic simply prevents the muscle from responding to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.

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What is a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment like?

With a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pin prick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following treatment with BOTOX®Cosmetic, you may resume regular activities!

How long does a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment last?

The effects of Botox®Cosmetic usually last 3 to 4 months, and fade away gradually. Following several Botox®Cosmetic treatments, the results may last 4 to 8 months or longer. BOTOX® Cosmetic offers extended relief over the course of long-term treatment.

Are there any possible side effects of BOTOX®?

Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxin contains proteins, which in some circumstances may be naturally safeguarded against by the body’s ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising after Botox injections is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2 to 3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression.

What type of results will I see with BOTOX?

Typically, the effect of BOTOX® Cosmetic is visible within 3 days. Maximum benefits are reached between 10 to 14 days. Once the muscle relaxes and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance.