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The Surprising Benefits of BOTOX®

    BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable agent used to temporarily diminish or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing underlying facial muscles.  BOTOX® Cosmetic contains a highly diluted form of botulinum toxin type A and has been proven safe. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved BOTOX® botulinum toxin treatment for alleviating eye-muscle disorders and smoothing frown lines.

    Botox is most effective on wrinkles that haven’t quite set — “dynamic” wrinkles that appear while you’re moving your face, such as when you frown.  From the treatment of “crow’s feet” at the edge of the eyes to glabellar lines (wrinkles between the brows), BOTOX® Cosmetic can smooth a wide range of facial lines and wrinkles with a simple 15-minute treatment.  BOTOX® Cosmetic is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people aged 18 to 65.

    The BOTOX® Cosmetic injection procedure has been used for many years to safely diminish and erase the facial lines and wrinkles of millions of individuals. Although there are some risks associated with BOTOX® injections, side effects are generally mild and cause little discomfort. The injections may cause minor bruising, but this fades quickly and can be easily concealed with make-up.  Immediately following a treatment, the BOTOX® Cosmetic can spread to nearby muscles and cause temporary drooping. This typically lasts no more than a week or two and can usually be avoided entirely by refraining from rubbing the BOTOX® injection site. BOTOX® treatment occasionally causes a headache, nausea, or flu-like symptoms, but these are usually short-lived and are rarely severe.     

    If you’re breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, the FDA recommends that you talk to your doctor before starting Botox.  Side effects are possible including headaches, bruising, pain at the site of injection, and, in fewer than 1% of cases, drooping eyelids or eyebrows that return to their natural position within a few months.