This popular non-surgical procedure involves the injection of a small amount of Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox Cosmetic) right into the muscles that create wrinkles. Botox temporarily inactivates these muscles, lessening and even eliminating the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles. After a Botox injection, the patient is no longer able to frown so that existing frown lines are smoothed out, giving a more refreshed appearance.
Although Botox is a toxin, it has been used safely by ophthalmologists for over 10 years and has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990’s with no serious side effects documented. Botox can also be used for jaw muscle hypertrophy, excessive armpit sweating, and calf muscle hypertrophy.
Results from a Botox treatment usually last three to six months, after which, a follow-up injection is recommended. It has been reported that after several treatments, the effect of Botox appears to last longer, often up to several months.