BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily disables muscle contraction. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat furrows in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, Botox is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
Applications for BOTOX® Cosmetic
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines.
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure and Results
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic. Results will be seen within ten days of treatment, and typically last up to three months.
Side Effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic
Injection-site side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and may include the following:
Normal activities may be resumed within 24 hours after receiving injections.