Description

Botox ® is a facial injectable made from botulinum A toxin and designed to help eliminate or improve persistent facial wrinkles. This non-surgical procedure commonly treats areas like frown lines between the eyebrows, “crow’s feet,” and creases on the forehead through a number of tiny needle injections.

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Length

About 10 to 15 minutes.

Side Effects

Depending on where Botox ® is injected, side effects may include headache, respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms, droopy eyelids, and nausea. Temporary bruising on the injection site is also common. Facial pain, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness are less frequent reactions.

Recovery

Immediate. No down time.

Risks

Small risk of allergic reaction.

Results

The effects of Botox ® injections will appear within 7 days, and may last up to 6 months.

Technology

Studies have shown Botox ® to relieve migraine headaches, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking and muscle spasms in the neck and eye. It is also used to help treat overactive bladders, control pain during operations, help children with cerebral palsy, prevent ringing in the ears, assist diabetics with weight gain and control drooling in some cerebral palsy patients.

Patient Status

Outpatient – Usually in the surgeon’s office.

Anesthesia

None

 

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