Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is the name of a medicine containing botulinum toxin, injected into muscles in order to temporarily diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles and frown lines. Botox is distributed by Allergen, a reputable pharmaceutical company.
There are other therapeutic medical indications for Botox as well, including the temporary treatment of chronic migraines (>15 days per month, with headaches lasting 4 hours a day, or longer) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Some studies have also found Botox to have a positive effect on symptoms of depression, although it is not used for this indication.
Botox is one of the top non-surgical cosmetic procedures among both men and women, and has a high rate of client satisfaction when administered by an experienced professional.
How it Works
The manifestation of fine lines and wrinkles is due to repeated muscle activity. Botox inhibits nerve signals to muscles, thus temporarily impeding muscle activity in the injected area(s).
Botox is injected into muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. The procedure itself takes only minutes, and is administered using a thin needle in order to minimize discomfort. Typically, it takes about 1 to 2 weeks to see full results.
What to Expect
Botox is a non-invasive treatment, with minimal discomfort, minimal bruising and/or swelling, and minimal downtime.
It is recommended to avoid rubbing the injection area for 1 day, as well as lying down, exercising, or showering for at least 4 hours following treatment.
Some patients may notice slight swelling and/or bruising at the injection site following treatment with Botox. This is a temporary reaction some will experience, but will dissipate shortly and is not a cause for concern. Clients can see the final results within 1 to 2 weeks.
We recommend that patients avoid the use of alcohol, vitamins, and/or blood thinners (unless prescribed by a physician) for at least 72 hours prior to treatment, as they can increase the risk of swelling and/or bruising at the injection site.