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 permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles.
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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, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. It is recommended that clients remain upright for 4 hours post injection to prevent Botox Cosmetic from diffusing into unwanted areas.
Results can usually be seen within 3-7 days and typically last for 3-6 months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic
There are currently no documented cases of allergic reaction to Botox Cosmetic. Injection-site side effects are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:
In very rare cases, more serious side effects can occur such as double vision, blurred vision, eyelid, eyebrow and/or lip ptosis (sagging/or drooping of muscle/skin). These rare side effects are temporary (typically resolve within 1-3 months) and in most cases can be prevented with proper injection technique.