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What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein which offers a simple, non-surgical option to dramatically soften the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet, and other dynamic wrinkles.

Am I a Candidate?

Any person with dynamic wrinkles is a candidate for BOTOX® therapy. A consultation with a medical professional will provide the best assessment to see if BOTOX® Cosmetic is your right for you.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

BOTOX® injections block impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After the treatment, the overlying skin will become smooth and result in a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. The treatment time is less than 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed.

Is BOTOX® therapy safe?

BOTOX® Cosmetic has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of frown lines and has been used safely and effectively for over 15 years to soften facial lines and wrinkles. Each year hundreds of thousands of patients receive BOTOX® injections for a variety of medical conditions. With its increasing popularity, BOTOX® Cosmetic has become one of the most performed treatments for reversing the visible signs of aging.

Are there any side effects?

Temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be a drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The effects of BOTOX® therapy are only temporary, thus any side effect is reversible.

What does the procedure feel like and when can I return to my normal activities?

A small amount of BOTOX® injections are strategically inserted using a tiny needle. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of solution is used, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately.

When do I start to see results and how long will they last?

Usually, within days, you will see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe wrinkle lines. Lines continue to improve for up to two weeks, and results last from 3 to 6 months and vary by patient.

What are the limitations of BOTOX® injections?

BOTOX® injections are a temporary solution for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX® injections will not improve sagging skin. The effects will last anywhere from three to six months. A simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to regain the rejuvenating effects. Clinical studies indicate that the duration of treatment benefits is increased over time so that you should require injections less frequently over time.

What will happen to the dynamic wrinkles if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe wrinkle lines will gradually return to the previous appearance.

BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.

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