What is botulinum toxin?
Botulinum toxin Type A (most commonly referred to as BOTOX®) is a cosmetic injection that smooths out lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. Botulinum toxin is most commonly injected between the brows, crows feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases. It can also help rebalance facial asymmetry, relax tight neck bands, reduce perspiration, treat migraine headaches, and reduce muscle spasticity.
Why get botulinum toxin?
Over time, common facial movements can cause unwanted lines and wrinkles on your face. Depending on your genetics, lines can appear as early as your late twenties to as late as your early forties. If you are looking for a low risk and temporary solution to address these lines, botulinum toxin injections may be right for you.
Botulinum toxin is also a great option if you have any of the below concerns or conditions:
- Lines that make you look tired, angry, sad, or upset (frown lines, crows feet, horizontal forehead creases)
- Asymmetry in your eyebrows or face
- Muscle spasticity
- Eyelid spasms (blepharospasms)
- Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating (see perspiration reducer)
- Chronic migraine headaches
- Cervical dystonia
- Movement disorders
- Crossed eyes or a lazy eye
Below are some of the benefits of botulinum toxin:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Appear less angry and more approachable
- Balance facial asymmetry
- Relax tight neckbands
- Reduce perspiration
- Treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity
- Get a more refreshed and well-rested look
- Improve your self-image and self-confidence
What should I consider before getting botulinum toxin injections?
Please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon for more information on what is unique to you.
- This treatment is effective for all skin types and colors.
- Results are temporary and typically only last three to six months.
- If injected incorrectly, it may result in a droopy eyelid or eyebrow.
- If the injected area is sensitive, you may have bruising.
- If you are prone to developing "frown lines" and often make facial expressions that lead to wrinkles, your surgeon may recommend using botulinum toxin as a preventative measure.
- Certain facial wrinkles or creases, such as nasolabial folds that extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, are best treated with fillers, fat transfer or surgery (although occasionally botulinum toxin can soften or partially improve them).
- With botulinum toxin injections, you get quick results with no downtime or pain and minimal side effects.