Botox treatment is minimally invasive. It’s considered a safe, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can also be used on the forehead between the eyes.
Botox was originally FDA approved in 1989 for the treatment of blepharospasm and other eye muscle problems. In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It was approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) in 2013.
According to a 2016 clinical study, Botox is a simple, safe, and effective treatment for the reduction of forehead wrinkles. In 2016, over 4.5 million procedures were performed using Botox and similar medication to fight wrinkles. This type of procedure is the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.
How to prepare for Botox Cosmetics?
You might need to remove all your makeup and cleanse the treatment area before the procedure. You may also need to avoid blood-thinning medicine like aspirin to reduce the risk of bruising.
What areas of the body can be treated with Botox Cosmetic?
- The area between the eyebrows (glabellar region), to treat moderate to severe frown lines
- Around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet lines
Botox also received FDA approval to treat various medical problems, including:
- Overactive bladder
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Lower limb spasticity
- Chronic migraines
How does Botox Cosmetic work?
During the procedure, your provider will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A. They will inject the targeted area between the eyebrows. You will usually need three injections on the side of each eye to smooth out crow’s feet.
The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
Are there any risks or side effects?
- Swelling or drooping in the eyelid area
- Neck Pain
- Double Vision
- Dry Eyes
- Allergic reactions, such as rash, itching, or asthma symptoms
Contact your provider immediately if any of these side effects occur
What to expect after Botox Cosmetic?
There is little to no downtime expected after the treatment. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.
It’s important to understand possible improvements and has realistic expectations. Noticeable results can be expected within 1-2 days post-treatment. The full effect of Botox Cosmetic typically lasts up to four months. It can also help prevent the return of fine lines by relaxing the muscles.
Additional Botox injections can be administered to maintain your results.
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