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Basics of BOTOX®

BOTOX® is one of the most popular and well-known treatments available to people dealing with lines and wrinkles in the skin. If you are interested in BOTOX® injections, read the information below to learn more about this treatment option.

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is an injectable medication that can be used to treat certain types of wrinkles. The injection contains a purified protein that relaxes the muscles in the treatment area. BOTOX® can also be used to treat some medical conditions, including excessive sweating and chronic migraine.

What to Expect During Treatment

During a BOTOX® treatment session, patients receive no local anesthetic. Instead, a cosmetic doctor injects the medication into the treatment area with a fine needle. The needle used for BOTOX®  injections is considerably thinner than the needle used for other types of dermal fillers, so pain and discomfort are minimal. Immediately after completing the procedure and being released from the doctor’s office, you will be able to resume your normal activities.

Side effects and complications of BOTOX® are rare. However, you may experience minimal bruising and pain at the injection site. Mild headaches are also possible following BOTOX® injections.

Results

For most patients, results begin to appear within 24 hours of treatment. You will see the full results of BOTOX® after approximately five days. Before scheduling a BOTOX® procedure, be sure to talk to your doctor about the kind of results you should expect. The results of BOTOX® are usually temporary, so you may need additional treatments in the future.

Am I a Candidate for BOTOX®?

BOTOX® treatment is not appropriate for every patient. In general, BOTOX® is best for patients who are seeking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, especially frown lines and severe crow feet. BOTOX® is inappropriate for patients with neuromuscular disorders, who are pregnant, are nursing, or are not in good physical health.

If you are interested in learning more about BOTOX® or other cosmetic treatments, please call us at the Vein & Vascular Institute to make an appointment.