Botox® is a purified protein that has been used therapeutically for more than 17 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. In 2002, the same formulation-under the label Botox® Cosmetic-was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.
How does Botox® Cosmetic work?
During treatment, very low doses of Botox® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles responsible for frown lines between the brows. By blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract, Botox® Cosmetic enables them to relax. The effects are very localized and, when administered by an experienced clinician, do not affect your ability to smile, laugh, or otherwise show expression.
Where Can I use BOTOX?
BOTOX Cosmetic can be used on severe frown lines between the eyebrows also called the elevens. Off-label, you can use it to treat forehead lines and crows feet, as well as smokers lines on top of the upper lip.
How long will the procedure last?
How long is one BOTOX treatment?
If you are a new client, expect to be here at least half hour. We will review your medical history, go over the procedure, expectations and answer any questions you may have. Follow-up procedures should take approximately 15 minutes.
Results generally last 3-4 months. Typically you should see results within two to ten days post your treatment. Your results should peak by the end of the second month, then you should gradually start seeing some movement in the area(s) treated. By the end of month 3 or 4, you should have complete movement.
What are the possible 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.