Frequently Asked Questions about BOTOX Cosmetic®

What is BOTOX Cosmetic®?

BOTOX Cosmetic® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).

BOTOX Cosmetic® is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

How does BOTOX Cosmetic® work?

BOTOX Cosmetic® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of the "11s," the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

Where can BOTOX Cosmetic® be used?

Treatment areas where BOTOX Cosmetic can be used include the frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines that run across the forehead, and the crow’s feet around the outer eyes.

When will I see results?

Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.

How long does BOTOX Cosmetic® last?

Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to Dr. Tomi about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.

Is treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic® painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, Dr. Tomi may choose to numb the area with an anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX Cosmetic® treatment.

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.

Will I still be able to make facial impressions?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic® will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve "had work done." The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

Who should not use BOTOX Cosmetic®?

There are very few restrictions regarding the use of BOTOX Cosmetic®. Those who are pregnant, nursing, or have a neurological disease should not be treated.

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