Botulinum toxin, also known commercially as Botox or Dysport, is an FDA-approved medication that is injected into the muscles beneath the skin to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The medication acts by weakening the muscles into which it is injected so that the lines in the skin soften and become less prone to wrinkling. The lines that result from frequent muscle contractions ultimately fade or even disappear as a result.
Botox is a quick, safe, non-surgical alternative to other anti-aging treatments. It typically involves several small injections by a skilled dermatologist who will determine how much and in which specific locations the medication should be used to achieve the best results.
WHEN IS BOTOX TYPICALLY USED?
- Lines around the mouth
- Frown lines between eyebrows, or, one’s “elevens”
- Forehead creases
- Neck wrinkles
- Lines around the lips that occur due to pursing of the lips
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Softening of the lines of the jaw
- Excessive sweating or Hyperhidrosis
WILL I SEE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY?
Patients typically see results within 3-5 days with peak results in 7-10 days. Over a period of approximately 3-5 months, you will start to notice the affects of Botox fade as the affected muscles regain their ability to contract fully. It is for this reason that patients may return for repeat injections.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Depending on your sensitivity, injection of Botox can feel like a pinch at the specific site of injection. Some additional side effects of the medication can include redness and minor bruising at the site. These typically dissipate within a few hours to a few days after the procedure.
Other possible side effects of Botox include dry mouth, tiredness, neck pain, headache, eye problems such as blurred vision, and allergic reactions (itching, rash, dizziness or fainting).