Botox is the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedure done in the United States because of its safety and efficacy when used by a trained physician. Botox® is an FDA-approved injectable used for reducing frown lines between the eyes; however, it has many safe off-label uses including:
Botox® works by targeting the overactive muscles that create wrinkles and lines. Localized injections of this medication relax these muscles and reduce lines between the eyebrows, wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes.
Generally, the treatment is not painful because the needles used to administer Botox® are extremely small. There may be some discomfort, but most patients do not complain of pain. In fact, numbing cream is typically not used when you receive Botox injections.
How much Botox® you need will depend entirely on the areas you want to treat. For deeper forehead lines, more Botox is needed, while smaller fine lines around the eyes require less. Dr. Khorasani will let you know ahead of time how much Botox will be needed to reach your goals.
Most patients begin to see results within 5 to 8 days after treatment.
Results vary from person to person. On average, Botox® injections last 3 to 5 months. Follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain your results.
The most common side effect from Botox® injections is bruising, which usually resolves itself within 5 to 7 days after treatment.
Less common side effects include:
If you have a neuromuscular disorder or an allergy to albumin, which is found in eggs, you should not receive Botox® injections.
Dysport is a neuromodulator similar to Botox made by a different company (Galderma vs. Allergan) and used for the exact same clinical indications. The main advantage of Dysport is that it works a bit faster than Botox. Most patients begin to see results within 3 to 5 days after treatment as opposed to 5 to 8 days when Botox is used.
*Individual results may vary