Botox Cosmetic, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulin toxin A. It is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating and migraines.
Properly placed injections of Botox Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. Botox Cosmetic is used to treat the following:
Using a very fine needle, Botox Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment and typically last up to six months. Areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer, requiring less frequent injections.