What is Botox® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into the 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). It is administered 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.
Is Botox® affordable?
Interestingly enough Botox is very affordable; you will feel it will be worth every penny spent. The total cost will depend on your needs for something that makes you:
- Look years younger for months, or
- Have no socially embarrassing sweat or smell for even longer.
Is your Botox® too cheap?
Before you consider cheap Botox®, ask yourself:
- Are you getting the service by a physician or by a nurse?
- Are you getting the Botox® that is supposed to be used in the United States? Believe it or not, many practices knowingly or unknowingly are using unapproved Botox® as per Allergan. That Botox® is illegal to be used in the US market and is sold much cheaper than the FDA and Allergan approved Botox®. The bottom line; you will get what you will pay for, period.
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What are other FDA approved uses of Botox®?
BOTOX® is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older. Treatment can last up to 6-7 months (about 200 days).
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Botox® Cosmetic for men
BOTOX® Cosmetic is certainly not just for women. If you are a man and think it's time to do something about those moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows, talk to your doctor about whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
About 6% of the total BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures performed are performed on males. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular minimally invasive physician administered aesthetic procedure for males.
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.
When will I see results from Botox® Cosmetic treatment?
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 your healthcare provider 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, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or 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.
What are the possible side effects of Botox® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic can cause serious side effects.
Some side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Discomfort or pain at the injection site
- Neck pain
- Eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of the eyelids, and dry eyes
- Allergic reactions; symptoms of an allergic reaction to BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
These are not all the possible side effects of BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic. For more information, read the full Botox® Cosmetic Medication Guide.
Other Botox facts:
- BOTOX® Cosmetic, introduced in 2002, is the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe glabellar lines between the brows.
- Approximately 11.8 million BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures have been administered in the United States since 2002. 97% of 117 patients surveyed were satisfied with the results of their BOTOX® Cosmetic experience.
- Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), BOTOX® Cosmetic Use Survey, April 2005.
- Facial Injectables Consumer User Survey; July 2009.
- ASPS 2008 Statistics, p.10.
- ASPS 2008 Statistics.