BOTOX Cosmetic® is an approved, safe prescription drug which is used to reduce or minimize facial wrinkles in the area(s) it is applied. The treatment involves very tiny injections into the muscles under the skin in order to temporarily relax the muscles. This will prevent the muscles from fully contracting, and thus will minimize wrinkling typically associated with negative expressions such as: worry, anger, stressed appearance.
How does it work?
BOTOX works to stop the information transfer that occurs between your brain and your muscles. It does this by blocking the release of acetylcholine, which is the substance that transmits information, and, as a result, the muscle doesn’t receive the message to contract. This means the muscle spasms stop or are greatly reduced after a BOTOX treatment, providing predictable and reliable relief from symptoms.
How is BOTOX administered?
The BOTOX is injected directly into the muscle. Your nurse will determine the muscles that are in need of treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
Most patients report minor and temporary discomfort from the injections. A very fine needle is used to inject the muscle in one or more places.
When does BOTOX start to work?
You will see the effects of BOTOX within the first two weeks of injection.
How long does BOTOX last?
The relief you will feel from BOTOX will normally last for three to four months. Over time you will notice a gradual fading of its effects. At this time you may want to return to the clinic for the next treatment.
How long can I be treated with BOTOX?
Since BOTOX has been around for 15+ years worldwide, long-term treatment with BOTOX is quite likely. The safety profile in long-term treatment has been well established.
Is BOTOX right for me?
Please ask our Doctor if BOTOX is the right treatment for you. BOTOX should not be used during pregnancy, if you are nursing, or if you are taking certain medications.
What side effects may be experienced when using BOTOX?
Side effects caused by BOTOX are usually minimal and temporary. This usually depends on the location of the muscle being injected. Some people notice temporary weakness of muscles, or discomfort at the injection site. Most side effects are also transient in nature, and BOTOX is generally well-tolerated by patients.