Facial lines and wrinkles are caused by several factors: aging, heredity, gravity, sun damage, and muscle action. Muscles of facial expression can cause frown lines, horizontal forehead lines, and crow’s feet. If these are exaggerated or made worse by intentionally making that expression, muscle activity is partly responsible for these lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medication that is injected into muscles of expression. It work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity and leads to a reduction of the wrinkles that are caused by muscle contraction. Each treatment takes approximately 15 minutes. Typically, the muscle action will return in 3-6 months. At this time, a repeat treatment will relax the muscles and soften the lines again.
Immediate redness and swelling may occur at each injection site. Bruising may occur. Substances that increase bruising include Vitamin E, aspirin, Motrin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Possible side effects include: transient headache, swelling, bruising, pain during injection, twitching, itching, numbness, asymmetry (unevenness), temporary drooping of eyelids or eyebrows. These side effects are rare, but have been reported.
After Your Botox Treatment
Immediately after the procedure you can reapply makeup and resume your skin care routine.
Avoid massaging the areas, lying down, or bending for the next 4 hours.
Use the treated muscles by making facial expressions over the next few hours to maximize your results.
The full effect of the treatment is seen in about 2 week after the procedure.
Move toward a natural look.
Wrinkles aren’t your style and “frozen face” isn’t either. For adults who want a natural look, there’s Dysport, a prescription injection proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Untreated muscles still work normally, so you can continue to express feelings naturally. It’s the lines that disappear, not your expressions.
You’ve got better things to do than think about what your forehead wrinkles look like. In just one treatment, Dysport may help improve the look of your frown lines for up to 4 months.† The majority of patients see improvement in just 2–3 days after treatment. Another plus? There is little to no downtime after your treatment, which means you can get back to your day faster.