BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to improve dynamic wrinkles on the face caused by facial movements such as laughing, smiling, or frowning. It works by blocking nerve transmission to a muscle thereby relaxing the muscle that contracts to cause a wrinkle. Areas that are commonly treated are:
- Frown lines between the eyes
- Wrinkles of the forehead
- Lines adjacent to the eyes (crow’s feet)
After a muscle is injected, its first effects are not seen for 24 hours. The complete effect on the muscle will not be complete for two weeks.
The simple procedure typically takes 10 minutes and the actual injections only seconds. No anesthesia is required. The number of injections depends on the areas affected. Plan on another series of injections after about three months.
Some mild discomfort and swelling at the injection sites can be experienced, but most individuals are able to return to work or normal daily activities after treatment.