Frequently Asked Questions
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is botulinum toxin extracted from Clostridia botulinum, a bacteria. It has been used for years as a treatment for uncontrolled eyelid and facial spasms. It is now approved for as a safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles on the face without surgery.
How is BOTOX® administered?
BOTOX® is injected by inserting a very small needle directly into the facial muscles where it blocks transmissions to the nerve endings of the muscles. When this occurs it relaxes the muscles and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. BOTOX® treatments take only minutes and can be given during a normal office visit. You should be able to return to all normal activities immediately. A treatment will normally last around three to six months. The effects of BOTOX® may not be noticed until the end of the first full week. Repeat injections may be given after the effects have worn off.
Who is a good candidate for BOTOX®?
A good candidate for BOTOX® would be physically healthy, with no history of neuromuscular diseases (i.e. MS or myasthenia gravis). They should not be pregnant or nursing, and should be at least 18 years old.
Some people with the following should not have BOTOX®:
- Weakness in targeted muscles
- Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
- Thick facial skin
- Skin disorders or deep facial scars
What are the risks and side effects?
The most common side effects are headache and redness/bruising at the injection site. Please tell your doctor of any medications you are taking prior to the injection, as aspirin or blood thinning medications can increase this risk. Ptosis or lid drooping, although rare and temporary, may occur. Talk with your physician in order to help reduce any possibility of potential side effects and complications.