BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat furrows and wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles.

Applications for BOTOX Cosmetic

Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating furrows and lines. BOTOX Cosmetic is used to treat the following:

  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Lip flip
  • Bunny lines
  • Gummy smile
  • Neck bands
  • Tech neck lines
  • Perioral lines
  • Chin dimpling
  • Facial slimming
  • TMJ
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Temples
  • Tension headaches
  • Crepiness
  • Nasal flaring
  • Trapezius tension

BOTOX Cosmetic Procedure and Results

Using a very fine needle, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic. Results can usually be seen within 10-14 days of treatment, and typically last 3-4 months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.

After-care of BOTOX Cosmetic

  • No exercise 24 hours after
  • No laying down for 4 hours after
  • No direct pressure 10-days post (massages, facials, waxing, etc.)
  • No make-up for 1 hour after
  • No active cold sores for lip treatments

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