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Wrinkles or lines appear on the skin as a result of repetitive facial muscle activity or facial expressions. Over time the skin loses elasticity as collagen and ground substances are also slowly diminished with aging or sun damage. BOTOX® inhibits muscle contraction and with less movement of treated muscles, the skin surface gradually smoothes out and moderate to severe lines improve. BOTOX® Cosmetic is very effective in reducing dynamic wrinkles and lines. According to the statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), BOTOX® Cosmetic consistently ranked the top most frequently performed procedure since 2001. Over a million people have been treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic since its FDA approval in 2002.

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a formulation of botulinum toxin type A, a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Normally, your brain sends electrochemical messages to your muscles to make them contract and move. These messages are transmitted from a nerve to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. BOTOX® blocks the nerve from releasing acetylcholine hence causing relaxation of the muscle. More than 100 years of research have expanded our knowledge of botulinum toxin type A from the identification of the bacterium to the commercialization of botulinum toxin type A-BOTOX®. It has been used for more than 11 years to treat over 1 million patients for various conditions such as blepharospasm, cervical dystonia and, is approved by Health Ministries of at least 70 countries worldwide. Botox® Cosmetic is a unique non surgical aesthetic treatment indicated for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar (frown) lines in adults 65 years of age or less. It is also commonly used by doctors to treat crow’s feet, lip lines, forehead lines.

What is the treatment like?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive treatment. Your doctor makes few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines. Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best result. No anesthesia is required, although she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes as little as fifteen minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief- most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately. How soon will I see a difference? What kind of results can I expect? You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the area may continue to improve for up to a week. By day 30 in a patient clinical study, 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as improved. Visible results can last up to four months. After that, you may be ready to return for a follow up treatment. Patients with neurological disorder such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Other side effects can include pain and redness at the injection site, pain in the face, and muscle weakness. These side effects generally occur within the first week and usually go away on their own. BOTOX® Cosmetic is contraindicated in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Your own result may vary- be sure to talk to you doctor what you can expect.

How soon will I need a second treatment? What happens if I decide not to continue?

The effect of each treatment can last up to four months. If you decide not to continue with BOTOX® Cosmetic, the area treated will eventually go back to its pretreatment appearance.

How do I know if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for me?

If you feel that reducing the appearance of those moderate to severe frown lines might make you more approachable, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be right for you.


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