What is Botox Cosmetic and how does it work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of the 11s which are moderate to severe frown lines between the brows as well as to treat crow’s feet lines in adults. BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. BOTOX® Cosmetic has a record of experience that aesthetic specialists know and trust. And, the safety and efficacy of BOTOX® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.

BOTOX® works by blocking the nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes those troublesome lines to form between the brows, and around the eyes.

Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Although the results are visible, BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as is you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown, look surprised, or squint without the wrinkle and creases being evident.

How quickly will I see a difference?

Within 1-2 days you may notice a softening in the appearance of your frown lines from the treatment while the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a month.

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When the powerful muscles of our forehead contract, they cause the skin to fold and crease producing the frown or worry lines.  Overtime the skin looses its elasticity and these lines become more stubborn and persistent.  Thus, the frown or worry lines are very visible whether a person frowns or squints.
Botox has been used for more than 17 years for a variety of medical issues. Botox® is a highly refined purified protein. Botox® Cosmetic has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows since 2002.
Very low doses of Botox® Cosmetic are directly applied to the muscles which cause the frown or worry lines via tiny injections. Botox® Cosmetic blocks the nerve impulse to those muscles and reduce their ability to contract. This leads to softening or eliminating the lines between the brows.
Most patients will see results within a few days and continuing to improve through the next week after their treatment.  Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months.  With continued treatments, the results will be maintained.
Botox® Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive procedure consisting of a few tiny injections. No anesthesia is required, though the physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting.

Typically, there is no downtime associated with Botox® Cosmetic. However, as with any injection procedure, there is a possibility of bruising, swelling, redness, or infection.