BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. It has been used safely by ophthalmologists for more than 15 years as a form of wrinkle therapy with no serious side effects.
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections (Botulinum toxin, in small amounts) target the muscles that produce wrinkles, making them temporarily inactivate. This effectively causes frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet to diminish or disappear altogether, while injections near the eyebrow or corners of the mouth can produce a temporary brow lift or lip lift.
It may take up to 14 days after the injection to notice the wrinkle smoothing effect, and the results typically last for between three and six months. Patients may return for follow-up treatments after the desired effect of a treatment has lessened.
Complications from BOTOX® injections to the upper eyelid include occasional bruising from the injection, and a temporary lowering of the eyelid, which rarely occurs after frown line injection. BOTOX® is used in extremely small amounts and is delivered by the physician to localized areas. Patients may return to their normal routines almost immediately.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org) has additional information on BOTOX® and the parameters for its safe, effective use.