BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most commonly mentioned aesthetic treatments on the market; however, there are still many people who have questions about what BOTOX® Cosmetic really is. In short, this FDA-approved injectable treatment is a prescription medication designed to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face to reveal natural, younger-looking results.
1. How Does It Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the predetermined areas of the face. Over time, repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause the skin to furrow and fold, which often results in facial lines that hang around and can be bothersome. Once BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the skin, the muscles will be paralyzed temporarily to prevent the fine lines and wrinkles from appearing on the face. It is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that does not require any downtime.
2. What Areas Can Be Treated?
BOTOX® Cosmetic can treat many different areas of the face. Most men and women 18 years of age or older undergo BOTOX® Cosmetic in the forehead, between the brows (11s), or in the crow’s feet areas of the face. Other treatment sites include prominent neck bands or cords, fine lines on the upper lips, marionette lines at the corners of the mouth, and rippling at the chin.
BOTOX® can also be used to treat other medical issues such as excessive sweating, overactive bladder, lazy eye, and chronic migraines.
3. How Long Does It Last?
It is recommended that patients undergo repeat BOTOX® Cosmetic injections every three to four months. BOTOX® Cosmetic should be repeated so that you can enjoy a refreshed and rejuvenated facial aesthetic at all times. Some patients choose to enhance their appearance by adding filler to the treatment areas to fill and plump the skin to maintain a youthful appearance and smoother skin.