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The Facts About BOTOX® Injections

Frown lines before BOTOX

Attempting to frown after
BOTOX treatment

In December 1997 BOTOX was featured on 20/20.

Patient Information

BOTOX injections are an ideal cosmetic procedure which produces dramatic benefits for treatment of upper facial and forehead lines caused by frowning and/or squinting

BOTOX is the trade name for botulism toxin which has been used for more than a decade in children and adults for treatment of muscle spasm of the facial muscles.

Injection of minute amounts of BOTOX into the muscles of facial expression, weakens the muscle and prevents frowning.

You see the benefits of the procedures within 5 to 7 days. The effects of the treatment wear off over 3 to 4 months. Most patients require a second or third session after which time the muscle loss is more permanent.

Side effects and complications have been minimal. Occasional slight swelling and/or bruising may occur.

The results of BOTOX in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures (i.e.; laser resurfacing and collagen treatment) are dramatic.

Smile lines before BOTOX

Smile after BOTOX injections

Common Questions & Answers

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A) Purified Neurotoxin Complete is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The effects of botulinum toxin have been known since the turn of the century, but not until 1980 was the toxin found to be therapeutically valuable for a number of ophthalmologic disorders.

How Does It Work?

Botulinum toxin is a nerve impulse "blocker." It binds to nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters that activate muscles.

These chemicals carry the "message" from the brain that causes a muscle to contract; if the message is blocked, the muscle doesn't spasm.

Botulinum toxin usually takes full effect within 1 to 2 weeks. However, the nerve endings usually grow new connections to the muscles at sites that have not been exposed to botulinum toxin. Therefore, treatment must be repeated as directed by your physician.

Is it safe?

BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A) Purified Neurotoxin Complex has been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and National Institutes of Health as a safe and effective treatment for blepharospasm associated with dystonia.

Over 10 years of clinical experience involving thousands of patients are a testimony to the potential benefits of this treatment.

It is important to understand that BOTOX is an effective, ongoing treatment for the relief of symptoms only--It is not a cure. And, because every patient is different, the degree of relief will vary from person to person.

Patients who have been sedentary for a long time should resume activity slowly and carefully after the administration of BOTOX

Forehead before BOTOX

Attempting to raise forehead after BOTOX treatment



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