Q: What is Botox®?
A: Botox® is a drug that is derived from a toxin released by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. In 2002, FDA approved Botox® (Botulinum Toxin type A) as the only treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe forehead lines and wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Q: How does Botox® work?
A: Botox® works by preventing the transmission of impulses along the injected nerve. By injecting Botox® into the nerves that supply certain muscles within the face and neck, they can be prevented from contracting and consequently relax. It temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that are responsible for producing the wrinkling of the facial skin, thus producing the appearance of smoother, flatter skin.
Q: Is Botox® painful?
A: The needle of Botox® is much smaller resulting to minimal discomfort.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: The main side effects after injection are pain from injection and bruising, which are usually minimal and temporary. Ptosis or eyelid droop may also occur for temporary.
Q: What is the recovery time for Botox®? Can I go out later that day after the treatment?
A: There is no downtime. Patients may return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Q: When will I see result?
A: The effect of Botox® is typically noticed in about 3-10 days after the initial injection.
Q: How long will the effect of Botox® last?
A: The effect of Botox® typically lasts about 3-6 months. After this period in order to maintain the same result, patients should have the Botox® injections periodically. Repeated Botox® tends to have slightly longer lasting effect as there can be a thinning of the muscles that have been treated.