BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical method that reduces frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as lines on the forehead and around the eyes. It provides a more youthful look, and does not require anesthesia or a significant amount of downtime or recovery. Patients are normally able to return instantly to work or normal activity.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic formula is a natural, purified protein generated by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is administered straight into the overactive muscles in the face, blocking the nerve impulses that cause contractions. This prevents the muscles from contracting frequently and creating lines. The protein does not travel elsewhere in the body; this procedure has been widely tested and is approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.
The treatment takes only 15-20 minutes; it consists of just a few injections that relax the muscles in the face which contract repeatedly and cause visible lines to form over time. This treatment is suitable for both men and women.
During the procedure, any discomfort– similar to a bug bite– is minimal and brief, and there are generally no significant side effects, (though occasionally there may be slight, temporary bruising from the injections- this can be easily covered by makeup).
Within the first few days after treatment, patients will start to see great improvement in appearance. The effect will last for a few months.