What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA, to temporarily paralyze muscle. This reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles.
A Botox treatment is minimally invasive. Generally, a Botox Cosmetic is a safe, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Also, it can be used on the forehead between the eyes.
Botox was originally FDA approved in 1989 for the treatment of blepharospasm and other eye muscle problems. In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It was approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet).
For the most part, Botox is a simple, safe, and effective treatment for the reduction of forehead wrinkles. Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor.
Preparing for Botox Cosmetic
Botox Cosmetic involves a non-surgical, in-office treatment. Such as it requires minimal preparation. You should let your treatment provider know about your medical history, allergies, or medical conditions before your procedure. In particular, your treatment provider should be a licensed physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse.
You might need to remove all your makeup and cleanse the treatment area before the procedure. You may also need to avoid blood-thinning medicine like aspirin to reduce the risk of bruising.
In which body parts we can use for Botox Cosmetic?
Cosmetically, the injectable can be used in the following areas:
- the area between the eyebrows (glabellar region), to treat moderate to severe frown lines
- around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet lines
Botox also received FDA approval to treat various medical problems, including:
- overactive bladder
- excessive underarm sweating
- lower limb spasticity
- chronic migraines
How does Botox Cosmetic work?
Generally, Botox Cosmetic works by temporarily blocking nerve signals and muscle contractions. Such as this improves the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also slow the formation of new lines by preventing the contraction of facial muscles.
During the procedure, your provider will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A. Particularly they will inject the targeted area between the eyebrows. Accordingly, you may need three injections on the side of each eye to smooth out the crow’s feet.
For the most part the entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
Is there any risk or side effects
Minor bruising or discomfort may occur but should improve within a few days. Other side effects may include:
- swelling or drooping in the eyelid area
- neck pain
- double vision
- dry eyes
- allergic reactions, such as rash, itching, or asthma symptoms
For instance, contact your provider immediately if any of these side effects occur.
What to expect after Botox Cosmetic
In particular avoid rubbing, massaging, or applying any pressure to the treated area. These actions can cause Botox Cosmetic to spread to other areas of the body. This can negatively affect your results. When being injected between the brows, do not lie down or bend over for three to four hours. Doing so may cause the Botox to slip under the orbital rim. This could possibly cause an eyelid droop.
There is little to no downtime expected after the treatment. Such as you should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.
Generally, it’s important to understand possible improvements and have realistic expectations. You can notice results within 1-2 days post-treatment. The full effect of Botox Cosmetic typically lasts up to four months. It can also help prevent the return of fine lines by relaxing the muscles.
In the meantime, you may need additional Botox injections to maintain your results.
How much does Botox Cosmetic cost?
Accordingly, costs may vary depending on the number of injections, the size of the treatment area, and the geographic location where you receive treatment.
Botox Cosmetic is an elective procedure. Health insurance does not cover the cost when used for cosmetic reasons.
Point of view
Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved for the reduction of fine wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. It’s relatively safe and noninvasive.
When choosing a provider, confirm that they’re licensed to administer Botox Cosmetic. Let your provider know about any allergies or medical conditions, and call them right away if you experience any side effects following your treatment. Results should last for about four months, and it’s possible to have additional injections to maintain the reduction of your wrinkles.