Botox® Cosmetic Overview
Botox injections help to decrease or alleviate prominent lines in the upper third of the face. The most commonly treated areas are the frown lines, the crow’s feet and horizontal forehead lines. It is one of the most widely studied medications in the world and has been used for more than 15 years. Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of frown lines in the glabellar region between the eyebrows. Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to facial muscles which can cause unwanted lines. Recent surveys have shown that it is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Botox is also used to treat excessive sweating secondary to hyperhidrosis.
Anesthesia type: Although some patients prefer to use a topical anesthetic, it is generally not necessary. Because of the size of the needle used, the tiny injections tend to be well tolerated.
Length of procedure: The actual injections only take about five minutes.
Risks of Botox® Cosmetic: Bruising, facial asymmetry, persistent wrinkles, early recurrence, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, and headache.
Average recovery time for Botox® Cosmetic treatments: There is no recovery time associated with Botox injections. Sometimes there is some minimal swelling at the injection sites, but this usually goes away within a few minutes. Patients are able to return to their normal level of activity almost immediately and can apply make up to the treated regions the same day if they wish. The only restriction is that patients are encouraged to refrain from lying flat during the first few hours after their treatment to prevent unwanted migration of the medication. Usually it takes a day or so to start to see the effects and about one week to see the final result.
Duration of effect for Botox® Cosmetic treatments: Patients can expect the results to last up to four months. On occasion patients will admit that results lasted even longer.
Useful Information on Botox
• Official website of Botox® Cosmetic
• Link to information on additional conditions treated with Botox®