What is Botox Cosmetic®?
Botox Cosmetic® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary). Botox Cosmetic® is administered by a physician as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. Individual results may vary.
How does Botox Cosmetic® work?
Botox Cosmetic® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of the “11s”- the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
When will I see results from a Botox Cosmetic® treatment?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.
How long does Botox Cosmetic® last?
Visible results from Botox Cosmetic® treatment have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary be sure to talk to Dr Macri about what you can expect from Botox Cosmetic®, and when to schedule your next appointment.
Is treatment with Botox Cosmetic® painful?
Any discomfort related to Botox Cosmetic® is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following Botox Cosmetic® treatment. Potential side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botox Cosmetic® (onabotulinumtoxinA) will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without wrinkles and creases between your brows.
Who should not take Botox Cosmetic®?
Do not take Botox Cosmetic® if you:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® or Botox Cosmetic®.
- Had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as:
- Myobloc® or Dysport®
- Have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
You should not be treated with Botox Cosmetic® if you have:
- A disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
- Allergies to any botulinum toxin product.
- Had any side effects from any botulinum toxin product in the past.
What will happen to the moderate to severe frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue Botox Cosmetic® treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before Botox Cosmetic® treatment.
What other areas of the face can be treated by Botox Cosmetic®?
In addition to frown lines, crow’s feet and “worry” lines, Botox Cosmetic® can be used to treat vertical lipstick lines, bunny lines, and dimpling on the chin (as well as other areas of the face). The following diagram shows just some of the areas an experienced injector can treat: