What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a refined, harmless formulation of botulinum toxin A. When injected into the facial muscles, BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily blocks chemical signals (essentially paralyzing the muscles), stopping the muscles from forming crow’s feet, deep wrinkles, and furrows in the skin.
BOTOX®, manufactured by Allergan, Inc., is also used to treat a variety of other medical ailments, including:
- Severe perspiration in the underarms (hyperhidrosis)
- Cervical dystonia, a neurological condition characterized by strong muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders
- Uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm)
- Diversely oriented eyes (strabismus)
- Chronic migraines
- Bladder hyperactivity
BOTOX® was initially approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for blepharospasm and muscle spasms; however, it has now come to be more recognized for the cosmetic value it provides. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, when properly administered, can prevent nerve impulses from being delivered to muscles.
This injectable treatment weakens them to the point that they cannot contract. As a result, relatively severe furrows and lines are temporarily eliminated.
Other brands of botulinum toxin type A include Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and XEOMIN®.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure and Results
It often takes between seven and 14 days for BOTOX® Cosmetic to fully take effect. It is advised to avoid alcohol for at least one week prior to the treatment. Additionally, you should discontinue taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs to help prevent bruising for two weeks prior.
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections only take a few minutes, and you will not require anesthesia. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into targeted muscles with a tiny needle, causing minor discomfort.
For 24 hours, refrain from scratching the injection site to avoid spreading the BOTOX® Cosmetic to another location. Additionally, your doctor may advise you to remain upright for four hours following the shots and take a day off from exercise.
How Long Do BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments Last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic’s effects will last three to 6=six months. As muscle function gradually improves, lines and wrinkles emerge and must be treated once more. Because the muscles atrophy over time, the lines and wrinkles generally appear less severe.
What Are the Side Effects Associated With BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Following a BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable treatment, you may experience some transient adverse effects.
These may include:
- Bruising is the most common adverse effect, and it will pass
- Headaches are often rare and last between 24 and 48 hours
- Drooping eyelids; this occurs in a tiny number of people and usually resolves itself within three weeks
- Drooling or a crooked smile
- Eye dryness or excessive weeping
- Mild discomfort or edema around the injection area
- Flu-like symptoms or an overall sensation of ill health
- Stomach ache
- Weakness in the surrounding muscles
Who Shouldn’t Have BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used by anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, or has a neurological illness. Because BOTOX® Cosmetic does not work for every wrinkle, consult a doctor first.
Will My Health Insurance Cover BOTOX®?
When used for cosmetic purposes, BOTOX® is not covered by insurance. For further information about coverage, contact your health insurance provider.