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The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Studies have also suggested that Botox® is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
Botox® injections take only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox® is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It is best to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications one to two weeks before treatment in order to reduce the chance of bruising. It generally takes three to seven days for Botox® injections to take full effect, and will last three to four months.
As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time as muscles are trained to relax. This simple procedure can be accomplished in our office here at Somerset Center for Plastic Surgery.
After Botox® Injections
Temporary bruising is a common side effect. Headaches can occur, but this is rare and they usually resolve within 24-48 hours. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping, which usually resolves within three weeks. Eyelid drooping is usually caused by migration of Botox®. For this reason, you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours or lay down for three to four hours after the injections.