What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. BOTOX® Cosmetic may also be used to smooth forehead lines, smile lines and lip lines. It is the only treatment of its type approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One 10-minute treatment — a few tiny injections — and within days there’s a noticeable improvement in those persistent lines between the brows, which can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines between the brows, forehead lines, smile lines or lip line to form over time.
About four million injections with FDA-approved BOTOX® Cosmetic are given annually. There’s only one BOTOX® Cosmetic. Talk to your doctor to see if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you!
Why BOTOX® Cosmetic?
As the skin ages, it loses its ability to “spring back” after being pulled on by the underlying muscles. This loss of elasticity results in the wrinkles you see in the area between the eyebrows, the glabella and the area of the upper cheek, the crow’s feet area. After years of muscle activity, these wrinkles begin to stay and become more visible with time. Having these lines can cause you to look tired or aged.
Fortunately, there is BOTOX® Cosmetic. This safe, effective treatment causes relaxation in the treated muscles that allows the lines to be less noticable. The treatments give you a more rested, youthful look!
The day of your appointment. Allow time before your appointment for filling out forms and for consulting with the doctor or a member of his or her staff. If it’s your initial visit, you may first meet with your doctor personally or a staff member. Many doctors have on-staff licensed aestheticians or nurses who are trained in skin care and skin care procedures who can answer many of your questions.
You may also be asked about your expectations for treatment and if you have any allergies or any condition that wouldn’t make you a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Before the procedure: You’ll probably be seated in a reclining chair, much like you find in a dentist’s office. No anesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
The procedure: Your doctor will determine where to administer the injections by examining your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The entire BOTOX® Cosmetic injection procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
After the procedure: There’s no recovery time needed. You’re ready to get on with your day! You will be asked to refrain from lying down for a few hours after your treatment and to exercise the treated muscles for about the same time. This will help give you an optimal result.
Seeing results: Within days, you may notice an improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, forehead lines, smile lines and/or lip lines that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.