What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is the product name for injections containing a refined form of botulinum toxin. When injected into a muscle, the toxin blocks the nerve impulses that would normally cause that muscle to contract. The resulting absence or reduction of muscle contraction leaves the skin smoother and lends a more relaxed appearance to the patient’s facial features.
Uses of BOTOX®
The signs of aging that respond best to BOTOX® injections are those lines and wrinkles caused by the repeated contractions of muscles used during facial expressions, especially those activated when we are frowning or squinting. Therefore, BOTOX® is used most commonly for reduction of the appearance of frown lines between the brows, forehead furrows, and lines at the outer edge of the eye, commonly referred to as “crow’s feet”.
BOTOX® can also be used for lines and wrinkles of the lower face, and even to decrease nostril flaring, although these practices are controversial due to risk of damaging important facial nerves.
Most patients can immediately resume normal activities, although there may be some unsightly swelling, bleeding, bruising or redness at the injection site, which usually lasts only a few hours, but can persist as long as 24-48 hours in highly sensitive patients.
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