What is BOTOX®
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product that temporarily improves the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and moderate to severe crow’s feet in adults.
How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of a substance called acetylcholine. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe wrinkles to form.
When will I see results?
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours with the maximum effect visible at 30 days. Results may vary.
How long does the treatment take?
Your doctor will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your provider may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your provider may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
How many injections will I receive?
For the crow’s feet area, your doctor will inject three areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that surrounds the side of the eye. There will be three injections per eye.
For the frown lines area, your doctor will administer five injections into two muscles in your forehead in the procerus muscle and four in the corrugator muscles.
After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and your doctor may give you specific aftercare instructions.
Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look fake?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your provider about the results you want from treatment as well as any precautions and risks from the procedure.
What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. Contact your doctor if you experience any negative side effects.