What exactly is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the
Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical,
physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to
severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age.
During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are
administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that
cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10
minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an
improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time
as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected
directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the
transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the
activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.
When will I see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe
frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a
month, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials,
nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as
moderate to better 1 month after treatment. Results may vary.
How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?
Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up
to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your
brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Who should administer BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Any authorized healthcare professional should administer BOTOX®
Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your
physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic
cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people
are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
Who should not use BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used in the presence of
infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with
known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients
with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis or
Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects following injection include temporary
eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation,
tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be
associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular
disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may
be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX®
Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you
look as if you "had work done." The muscle activity that causes frown
lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or
look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose
not to continue treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines
between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic affordable?
When considering your facial aesthetic options, BOTOX®
Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to an American Society for
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey, BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of
the low-entry-cost facial aesthetic procedures in the United States.
Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and
cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed
relative to your expectations. Consult your doctor for further
Do treatment results differ?
To get the best results, it's important to go to a doctor who is
experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. The results,
however, can vary based on the exact location and depth of the
injections. After several treatments, the results may last longer.