Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults
BOTOX® may also be recommended by your doctor for the treatment of other medical conditions.
BOTOX® works by weakening the muscle into which it is injected. When a muscle normally contracts, such as when someone smiles, it causes the skin above it to crease.
After treatment, the skin appears smoother and less prone to wrinkling. The lines that result from frequent muscle contractions gradually fade, and in some cases, disappea
BOTOX® may help reduce the appearance of the following facial features:
Your doctor will determine where to inject Botox® and how much medication to use. Following treatment, you will see start seeing results in about 3-5 days, with peak results in 7-10 days.
Over a period of 3-5 months, the botulinum toxin slowly wears off, and the affected muscles regain their ability to contract fully. BOTOX® injections will be periodically repeated as the muscle function returns.Botox® won't reverse the effects of sun damage to the skin, though topical retinoids can be useful for this purpose.
Before scheduling BOTOX® injections, you will need to meet with your doctor to discuss the factors that determine whether BOTOX® will provide the treatment results you are expecting. This discussion generally includes:
Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of Botox® into the muscles. Specific muscles are selected for treatment of a specific area. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. BOTOX® injections take about 10 to 15 minutes. You may experience mild pain with the injections, but most people find the discomfort tolerable.
BOTOX® injections require little downtime, although you may experience bruising or other minor local side effects from the injection. Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.
Talk to your doctor about the risks of BOTOX® injections and potential side effects.
Common side effects of BOTOX® injections include minor discomfort, redness, and occasional bruising at the injection site. These usually resolve in a few hours to a few days. Rarely, temporary drooping of an eyebrow may occur. This usually resolves after a few weeks.
Although extremely unlikely, there is a possibility that the botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body causing more widespread symptoms. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these effects hours to days after receiving Botox® injections:
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