Botox Injections have become a household name in non-invasive cosmetic treatments today. This is because of its great success in producing predictable and reproducible results. BOTOX is a trade name for ONABOTULINUM TOXIN A, which is a potent Neurotoxin produced in an extremely dilute form for medical purposes. When injected in very small quantities into any muscle, it paralyzes that area of the muscle and lasts up to three or four months. This has effectively been used in many Spastic Muscular Diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, Blepharospasm, etc., successfully for many years with great results. Botox has been approved by FDA for cosmetic indications and has been a phenomenal success.
Botox Cosmetic® is recommended for eliminating:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet (smile lines) on the sides of the eyes
- Brow lines
- Facial asymmetry, and
- To treat Migraine headaches (Off Label Use)
The Procedure: Botox® is injected into the muscles which cause the frown lines, brow lines and the crow’s feet. This injection is done in extremely small quantities using the smallest needle available. In just a few days these muscles become non-functional in those areas, significantly minimizing the appearance of the furrows. The muscles regain their activity in about 4 months and the injections can be repeated. Over a period of time the skin itself loses the crease and the results seem to last longer. The only side effect seems to be temporary drooping of the eyelid that may resolve spontaneously in a few weeks. Sometimes, you may have a tiny spot of redness or bruising that may easily be covered with makeup. These complications are particularly rare. There is no down time and you can return to work immediately.