What is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet around the eyes in people 18 to 65 years of age. Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country.
Dr. Gendler is a leading expert in the use of Botox and frequently trains other physicians on its appropriate use. She is one of the physicians who helped formulate the consensus guidelines for Botox use. Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet, necklines, and even for migraine headaches and increased sweating. The agent is injected into the skin with a fine needle and works by inhibiting the muscles that cause wrinkles. No anesthesia is required although some patients may have the area to be injected numbed before the procedure. Some patients may experience a slight but temporary bruising at the injection site, but this is easily camouflaged with makeup. Botox treatment can last up to 4 months, but individual results vary.
How does BOTOX work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles which work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows and around the eyes.
When will I see results from a BOTOX treatment?
Within days, you will see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Results generally last for approximately four months. Individual results may vary.
How long does BOTOX Cosmetic last?
Visible results generally last up to four months, but after repeated injections, the effects are often more long-lasting. Your results may vary – be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), when done by an experienced injector, 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 the wrinkles and creases between your eyebrows.