BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in patients over 18 years old for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles.
This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Individual results may vary.
Before and After
How Does it Work?
Unlike soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm® and Sculptra® Aesthetic that add volume to skin depressions, BOTOX® blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles.
BOTOX® essentially paralyzes the muscles and stops them from contracting.
Some surgeons suggest that Zytaze, a new prescription zinc supplement, can extend these results if taken in the days leading up to your BOTOX® injections. Ask your doctor about Zytaze before your next BOTOX® injection.
Results are visible within one week after treatment and remain for a minimum of three months.
Body Area(s) & Procedure(s)
BOTOX® should only be injected with sterile instruments in a doctor’s office or a medical spa…
More info on Body Area/Treatment
BOTOX® should only be injected with sterile instruments in a doctor’s office or a medical spa – not at BOTOX® parties at your local nail salon or neighbor’s living room. BOTOX® injection is usually performed with some local anesthesia or a numbing cream. You may feel some minimal discomfort from the shot, but today’s needles are so thin and fine that the procedure is often painless. Depending on the extent of treatment, the procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to 20 minutes.
Selecting the correct injection points is critical to the success of the procedure. These points are first scored with a marking pencil. Your doctor will likely select numerous injection points for each location to be treated. (These points are located where the muscle contracts – not necessarily at the wrinkle you are hoping to erase.) The BOTOX® filler is then injected into the marked points beneath the skin.
You can resume normal activities immediately, but your doctor may advise you to stay out of the sun.
The cost for Botox® is $12 per unit. Anywhere from 20-30+ units are used per treatment area. Multiple areas may be treated at one time. On average, repeat treatments are needed every 3-4 months.
When it comes to Botox ®and other injectables, you get what you pay for.
Buyer beware: bargain Botox® (old inventory dilutes product) may increase your risk of complications, including poor cosmetic results.
What to Expect
The most common side effects of BOTOX® include…
Here's what to expect:
BOTOX® Side Effects
The most common side effects of BOTOX® include headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms and redness and pain at the injection site. Infrequently, patients experience muscle weakness or drooping of the upper eyelid muscles. This side effect usually resolves within days. In rare cases, however, upper eyelid drooping may last for months.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
When will I see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
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