BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, non-surgical procedure that smooths the deep, persistent lines and wrinkles that develop over time. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in 2002, and its popularity has soared ever since. Botox is consistently one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed each year. Over 11 million women and men have experienced the wonderful results from Botox.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic utilizes a natural, purified protein that is administered at very low doses to reduce the contractions of the muscles that cause those persistent frown lines that have developed over time. While the results are dramatic, it will not radically change your facial appearance. The muscles are simply relaxed, so you can still frown, smile, or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.
What is a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment like?
BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures are fast, simple, and minimally invasive, and no anesthesia is required. Injections are administered with an ultra-fine needle directly into the area being treated. Discomfort is minimal and brief, and once complete, there is usually no discomfort. Most people return directly to work or normal activity following treatment.
What areas can be treated with BOTOX ® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can be performed in a number of locations, including between your brows, eye area, smile lines, and neck. Effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic appear within a few days and generally last from four to six months.
When will I see the results of the BOTOX®?
On average, results become visible within 7 to 10 days after treatment. You may however experience effects as early as 3 to 5 days. A current trend is that some patients opt to have just partial relaxation of the muscles, allowing for some movement, in an attempt for a more natural look. However, many clients still prefer complete muscle relaxation.
How long will the results last?
Results vary from patient to patient, generally lasting from 3 to 5 months. The duration is usually less after your initial treatment. As you continue with injections the results tend to last longer. Wrinkles begin reappearing slowly, at which time you can return for more injections if desired.
How many units of BOTOX® do I need?
The number of units required for treatment varies per patient, depending on the treatment location, the severity of lines, and each person’s response to the BOTOX®. As a general guide, the glabella region requires 20 to 40 units; the forehead requires 10 to 20; and crow’s feet require 15 to 20 units. These amounts are, however, different for everyone.