What is BOTOX?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine (purified protein) that is injected into very specific muscles to weaken the muscles from contracting. The end result is diminished unwanted facial lines and wrinkles.
It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
Applications for BOTOX Cosmetic
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX Cosmetic is used to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Crow's feet
- Skin bands on the neck
According to Allergan, BOTOX Cosmetic has been "extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies."
BOTOX Cosmetic Procedure and Results
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic
Injection-site side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:
Will BOTOX Cosmetic make me look like I've had work done?
The simple answer is no, not when you receive treatment at Oregon Plastic Surgeons. We pride ourselves in helping you look refreshed and natural, while minimizing facial lines and wrinkles.
How many injections will I need?
The number of injections is dependent on the areas being treated. Typically treatment for the frown lines between the eyebrows requires 5 injections using a tiny needle with minimal discomfort. For other areas it is dependent on the person’s goals. We are happy to provide more detailed answers to this question during a complimentary consultation with our nurse practitioner.
Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections.
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