When fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of early facial aging start to make their presence known, BOTOX® is a highly effective and non-surgical solution, taking years off your appearance without any significant recovery period or downtime.
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic treatment in a family of drugs called neuromodulators. While BOTOX is the most widely known neuromodulator, several other similar products are available. BOTOX works by temporarily blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine so muscle contractions are reduced. This decreased muscle activity helps reduce the appearance of certain facial lines and wrinkles.
BOTOX is approved by the FDA for the treatment of glabellar lines (vertical folds between eyebrows) and canthal lines (crow’s feet). It is also frequently used to diminish other facial lines, such as transverse forehead lines, smoker’s lines around the lips, and nasal wrinkles. Additionally, it can be used to alter the appearance of downturned lips as well as modulation of eyebrow position.
BOTOX is administered via injection using a small insulin syringe. Typically, there are four to six injections per area treated. The effects begin within two to three days, increasing in intensity during the first week. The effects then last between three to four months. Most patients get treatments two to four times per year to maintain the beneficial effects. Improvement is gradual and continues to progress as long as treatments are maintained. Deep lines take longer to improve. Following treatment, patients should refrain from strenuous activity for 24 hours.