WHAT IS BOTOX®?
Botox® (Botulinum Toxin A) is a purified protein that is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium. It works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract and this causes paralysis of a specific muscle.
IS BOTOX® SAFE?
Botox® is one of the world’s most researched medicines. More than 11.8 million Botox® procedures for cosmetic use have been performed since 2002 in the United States alone. It is one of the safest methods to treat wrinkles. 99% of treatments for wrinkles are without side-effects. If side-effects do occur, they are mild and temporary.
HOW DOES BOTOX® WORK?
By partially blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract, the muscles relax and existing wrinkles become smooth. It also helps to prevent the existing wrinkles to get deeper and it prevents new ones from forming. The effect of Botox® lasts from three to six months (sometimes longer), depending on the area that is treated and on the individual. The result of your treatment may take up to 14 days to take full effect.
WHO REQUIRES BOTOX® TREATMENTS?
Wrinkles treated with the correct amount of Botox® and administered by an experienced doctor result in a more youthful, relaxed look. Botox® is very effective in treating the following wrinkles:
Botox® is also effective in treating masseter spasm (jaw clenching or grinding), headaches and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
HOW IS BOTOX® ADMINISTERED?
Botox® is injected into the targeted muscle with a syringe and very small needle. A specific area normally requires a couple of injections. The procedure lasts only about 10 to 15 minutes.
ARE BOTOX® INJECTIONS PAINFUL?
Patients normally experience only slight discomfort while the Botox® is injected.
WHEN CAN ONE EXPECT A RESULT AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Most people notice a difference after a day or two but the full effect of the Botox® will only be visible after 7 to 14 days. If it is your first time having Botox®, it normally lasts for about three months. After several treatments the effect may last much longer.
DO I HAVE TO CONTINUE GETTING BOTOX® INJECTIONS ONCE I HAVE STARTED?
The effect of Botox® generally wears off after a few months. The muscles and wrinkles will then function and appear exactly the same as they did before you started the treatment. By having Botox® treatments on a regular basis one can prevent wrinkles from becoming deeper and new ones will be less likely to form.
WILL I HAVE A “FROZEN FACE” OR HUGE LIPS AFTER BOTOX® TREATMENTS?
If the dose of the Botox® is too big, it can give one an unnatural facial expression. Lips with excessive volume are due to too much filler injected into the lips.
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