1What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. It can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines and other facial lines. It is a treatment that can only be administered by a certified injector.
2Is it safe?
BOTOX has been used for a variety of conditions for over 20 years. For wrinkles, BOTOX Cosmetic has been used for 15 plus years. Side effects are local and may include slight bruising, short-term headache, tenderness at the injection site and ptosis.
3How does it work?
BOTOX Cosmetic is injected with a very tiny needle into the muscle. It blocks the message from the nerve to the muscle which results in the muscle relaxing to create a smoother, relaxed look.
4Isn't this Botulism?
Botulism is a fatal condition caused by the ingestion of the bacteria that produces the protein. With BOTOX Cosmetic, you receive a minute amount of purified protein.
5Does it hurt?
For most people, it feels like a small insect bite.
6How long does it last?
Usually 3 to 4 months for the first treatment. However, the effects may last longer after repeated treatments.
7I'm not sure that the injection worked.
BOTOX Cosmetic takes anywhere from 1 to 14 days to see the full effect. BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are very individual. You may require a little more product to achieve the results you are looking for.
8Can I have BOTOX Cosmetic if I'm pregnant?
BOTOX Cosmetic is an unknown for those that are pregnant or breastfeeding, therefore it is contra-indicated.
BOTOX Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.