BOTOX® Cosmetic
BOTOX® Cosmetic
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Physicians have utilized BOTOX® Cosmetic for years as a treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging. In a young patient, BOTOX® Cosmetic can also act to prevent the appearance of deep lines in the future.

How BOTOX® Cosmetic Works
The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® Cosmetic simply prevents the muscle from responding to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.

With a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Immediately following a quick, safe treatment, you may resume regular activities.

Possible Side Effects
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxin contains proteins, which, in some circumstances, may be naturally safeguarded against by the body's ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising after BOTOX® Cosmetic injections is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2–3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, please return to our office.