Botox® Cosmetic is commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. Using a tiny needle, it is injected under the skin into the muscles that form wrinkles in the forehead, upper bridge of the nose, around the eyes and mouth, and neck to smooth frown and worry lines, crow's feet and neck bands. Excessive chin dimpling may also be improved with Botox treatment into the area.
Made from a purified protein, Botox® blocks nerve impulses thus weakening muscles that form wrinkles and giving the face a rejuvenated look.
Botox® may also be useful for migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.
Botox® starts working 2-3 days after the injection, and the maximal effect occurs at about a week after the procedure.
The effect of Botox® lasts on average from three to four months, and in some instances even longer. The treatment then needs to be repeated for the continuing effect to take place.
Botox® treatment takes about 10 minutes and is done in the office setting
The amount of the medication to be injected depends on the area(s) to be treated and the relative strength of the muscles. Men usually require a higher amount as compared to women.
Usually no anesthesia is required, although topical numbing cream may be used to reduce the discomfort.
Botox® is a straightforward procedure with no/minimal complications. Most common side effect is bruising due to the injections. Rare complications include eyelid or brow droop due to the extensive weakening of the supporting muscles; systemic side effects, such as altered motor or sensory functions and difficulty breathing, are extremely uncommon.
Dysport™ is the injectable treatment for wrinkles made from the same substance (botulinum toxin type A) as Botox®. The mechanism of action, indications, time of onset, duration, and potential complications of Dysport™ are similar to Botox®. The selection of one treatment versus another is mainly based on a patient's or a physician's preference.