Botulinum toxin is a highly purified protein injected into the skin to relax the muscles that cause some kinds of wrinkles. While Botulinum toxin can treat certain medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, it is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, primarily to reduce wrinkles on the face and neck.
People seeking Botulinum toxin injections should have realistic expectations regarding this procedure’s abilities and should discuss their desired goals with their doctor beforehand. Botulinum toxin injections are administered by a qualified physician using a very fine needle. The procedure only takes a few minutes and requires no anesthetic. Day-to-day activities can be resumed immediately afterwards. Wrinkles begin to fade within 24 hours, with continued improvement over the next five days.
Side effects of Botulinum toxin are rare and are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects are headaches and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the site of injection. Any risk of complications can be reduced by choosing an experienced physician.