Botox, also called Botulism Toxin Type A, is an injectable solution that blocks nerve impulses to the muscles and keeps them from contracting. This nerve block results in a softened and relaxed youthful appearance.
Where does the Botox go, and how long will it last?
Botox treatments are the treatment of choice for forehead wrinkles, fine lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and nose creases. It can also be used for Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) in the underarm area or on the palms of the hands. The results of Botox treatments will appear in three to four days. The effect will last three to four months, after which the treated muscles will gradually regain their action. A simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired results.
Are there any side effects?
As with any injection, there can be temporary redness, swelling, bruising, or mild headache. Patients with neuromuscular disorders should contact their doctor before therapy. Botox treatments should not be administered to women who are pregnant.
How many units will I need?
FDA recommended dosages are as follows:
- Glabellar lines (frown lines): 20 units
- Canthal lines (crow's feet): 24 units
Units required may vary by each patient. For additional treatment area unit recommendation and for a more precise amount of recommended units, consultation is required.
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