BOTOX® (botulinum toxin type A) is an injectable treatment used to treat moderate to severe frown lines and crow’s feet. Made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, in small, diluted amounts this toxin can be directly injected into specific facial muscle. The Botox injection works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause frown lines. This results in the relaxing and softening of the wrinkles.
The entire BOTOX® Cosmetic injection procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Although no anesthesia is necessary, the doctor may apply a cold pack to the injection site to minimize discomfort. A very fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles. The treatment requires no downtime. Results of the Botox treatment can be seen within 3 to 7 days. Common side effects following injection may include temporary bruising, tenderness, minor inflammation, and redness. In rare instances, some patients may experience headache or temporary eyelid drooping. These side effects resolve themselves within a week or so. Results of the Botox treatment are evident within 3 to 7 days.