BOTOX® Cosmetic : FAQ

Q) What causes frown lines between the brows?
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic help?

A) The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time.

Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows. When those muscles contract, they draw the brows together. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those moderate to severe lines between your brows.

BOTOX® Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those muscles. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out, and the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows begin to fade.

Q) Just what is BOTOX® Cosmetic? Is it FDA approved?
A) BOTOX is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A. This is a protein made in the laboratory from the toxin of a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. The toxin is a potent poison, the protein is not. During the manufacturing process, the toxin is diluted, processed and purified. The resulting protein is absorbed completely by the muscles into which it is injected. The body does not absorb the protein and this is why BOTOX is so safe. Because it is not absorbed, BOTOX does not affect the body, only the muscles into which it is injected. After 3 to 6 months, BOTOX disappears from the body without leaving a trace.

BOTOX® Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is a purified protein. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in patients 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into muscles that cause those stubborn lines between the brows.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only treatment of its type approved by the FDA for this use. The treatment is minimally invasive and nonsurgical. It requires no recovery time and causes little discomfort.

Q) What is the treatment like?
A) BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive treatment. Your doctor makes a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows.

Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. No anesthesia is required, although he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes approximately ten minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief – most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately.

Q) How soon will I see a difference?
What kind of results can I expect?

A) You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.

By day 30 in a patient clinical study, 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better.

Visible results can last up to four months. After that, you may be ready to return for a follow-up treatment.

Q) Are there any side effects I should know about?
Patients with neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of side effects. The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea.

Other side effects include pain and redness where the medicine is injected, pain in the face, and muscle weakness. These effects generally occur within the first week and usually go away on their own.

Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can expect.

Q) How soon will I need a second treatment?
What happens if I decide not to continue?

The effect of each treatment can last up to four months – be sure to schedule your follow-up treatments in advance.

If you decide not to continue with BOTOX® Cosmetic, the area between your brows will eventually go back to its pretreatment appearance.

Q) How does BOTOX® Cosmetic compare to other options?
Compared to other aesthetic treatment options, BOTOX® Cosmetic is relatively inexpensive. According to a survey by The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it’s one of the least costly facial aesthetic procedures. And when you consider the difference it can make in the appearance of the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, you may find BOTOX® Cosmetic to be a great way to invest in yourself.

BOTOX® Cosmetic treats the cause of these frown lines between the brows by reducing the muscle contractions that cause the lines to form over time. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only treatment of its type approved by the FDA for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

If you’re looking for something for that area between your brows, be sure to talk to your doctor about BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Q) How do I know if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for me?
If you are between 18 and 65, you may be a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you feel that reducing the appearance of those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows might make you look more approachable, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be right for you.

Q) What can BOTOX do?
A) BOTOX is injected into muscles of the face to partially relax specific muscles and temporarily lessen the appearance of certain wrinkles that are caused by these muscles. BOTOX has been used for this purpose for the past 15 years all over the world. The wrinkles that are due to muscle contraction (such as frowning or raising the eyebrows in surprise) are called dynamic or expressive wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that soften with BOTOX treatment.

Q) Which wrinkles can BOTOX soften?
A) BOTOX can soften the following wrinkles:

Q) Is BOTOX safe?
A) BOTOX is one of the safest medications we know and it has the backing of the FDA. It is also one of the most tested and studied drugs in medicine. Millions of procedures have been performed worldwide and serious side effects are unheard of. In the United States alone, 3.5 million injections are performed each year. There are no long term or permanent side effects and this fact has been established through extensive research. Rare temporary side effects include: bruising, redness at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms. Just like any other prescription medications, some people can have a hypersensitivity result including prolonged swelling.

Q) Is there anything that has to be done after treatment?
A) We recommend that you move the injected muscles for the next 15 minutes to help more of the BOTOX to get into the right muscles faster. You also should touch, manipulate or massage the area injected for the next 24 hours.