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Botox Cosmetic

Botox Cosmetic

When treated by a physician, you can smile, frown, and look surprised without those lines between your eye brows. Men and women of all skin types have received benefits from Botox Cosmetic.

What is Botox Cosmetic?

Botox CosmeticOne of the most widely researched medicines in the world Botox has been used medically for many years to treat a variety of conditions. It is used in more than 75 countries. Botox was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eye brows in people between the ages of 18 to 65.

How do frown lines form?

Deep lines between your eye brows result from muscle movement and time. Muscles between our eye brows contract, they pull our brows together, causing folds in skin. Stubborn lines appear as skin becomes less elastic with age.

Tiny injections of Botox Cosmetic is usally all that is needed to treat frown lines that are caused by overactive muscles.

Static lines are lines that are visible even when the muscles are at rest. These lines are usually treated Juvederm injectable gel to fill them.

What does Botox Cosmetic do?

Botox Cosmetic treats these areasA very little amount of Botox Cosmetic is used during treatment. Only a few tiny injections are needed, these are administered with a little needle into the muscles that cause frown lines between the eye brows. Botox Cosmetic enables them to relax by blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract. Botox Cosmetic effects are very localized and do not affect your ability to smile, laugh, or show expression, when administered by an experienced physician.

Are there risks of side effects?

Some side effects after injection of Botox Cosmetic can include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising can be associated with the injection. Also temporary eyelid drooping and nausea may occur. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.

What are the serious side effects?

Rarely, serious heart problems and allergic reactions have been reported. Call your doctor immediately if you are having an allergic reaction or other unusual symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing.

How am I treated with Botox Cosmetic?

Botox Cosmetic InjectionsYour doctor will determine exactly where to administer a few tiny injections. No anesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb with a cold pack the area to be injected, or your doctor may use anesthetic cream prior to injecting. Botox Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive procedure.

In approximately 10 minutes, the entire procedure is over. There is no downtime afterward. Discomfort is minimal and brief. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.

Who can use Botox Cosmetic?

Because Botox Cosmetic works only on underlying muscles, it can be used on men and women of varying ethnicities, and it is not expected to affect skin color. See the results of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) 2006 statistics report:
  • Botox Cosmetic was the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States for the fifth year in a row (surgical and nonsurgical combined) with nearly 3.2 million treatments in 2006

  • Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 22% of all physician-administered cosmetic procedures

  • Men accounted for nearly 1 million physician-administered cosmetic procedures

  • Patients ages 19 to 34 accounted for 22% of all physician-administered cosmetic procedures
A 2005 survey by the Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation (ASERF) reported that 97% of patients were satisfied with the resuIts of their Botox Cosmetic treatment.
Botox Cosmetic
Unretouched photos taken before and after Botox Cosmetic

Will my facial expressions still be natural like before?

Muscle activity that causes frown lines is reduced with a few injections. Treating with Botox Cosmetic does not look like you've had surgery and you can still frown, look surprised, and smile without wrinkles and creases between your eye brows.

When will I see results?

You should see results within days of your Botox Cosmetic treatment. Expect to see an improvement to the appearance of the area between your eye brows, and improvement may continue to for a week.

In 30 days 89% of patients taking part in a phase 3 clinical study, said the frown lines in between their eye brows looked moderate or better after using Botox Cosmetic. Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your results may vary.

Is Botox Cosmetic right for me?

Anyone between 18 and 65 that has moderate to severe frown lines between their eye brows may be a candidate for Botox Cosmetic.

Is it expensive?

Two thirds of the patients who use Botox Cosmetic have average incomes because it's quite affordable. Many people think Botox Cosmetic is a treatment for the rich but actually it is for everybody. The most common users of Botox Cosmetic are working mothers between the ages of 40 and 55. Ask your doctor if Botox Cosmetic is right for you.

Important Safety Information:

Serious heart problems and serious allergic reactions have been reported rarely. If you think you're having an allergic reaction or other unusual symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately. The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.