About BOTOX Cosmetic Injections
Overview of the Procedure
BOTOX is a injection of a neurotoxin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines. BOTOX injections stop the activity of a chemical called acetyl choline, which causes facial muscle contractions that form such imperfections.
Reasons for the Procedure
Patients may be dissatisfied with the appearance of their facial skin, and wish to minimize the appearance of such imperfections as wrinkles and fine lines.
What to Expect
Ice and numbing cream may be applied to the injection site. The chemical is injected at or near the location of the muscles. Acetyl choline activity is decreased and the muscles stop contracting or decrease the force of their contraction. BOTOX Injections typically need to be repeated every 4 – 6 months.
You can generally return to normal activities the same day as the procedure. You will start to notice results in about three days. Redness and pain at the injection site may occur. Avoid rubbing the areas to prevent unwanted spread of the neurotoxin. Also practice using the injected facial muscles the first three days to increase the effectiveness of the BOTOX.
Learn more about what to expect after receiving BOTOX injections here.