Botox® Cosmetic is composed of a purified natural protein that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is used mainly in the upper portions of the face to minimize or erase fine lines and moderate wrinkles.
Is Botox dangerous?
Botox® is extremely safe. It is injected in minute amounts into specific muscles, so there is very little risk associated with this procedure. Botox® is also used to treat various medical conditions such as migraines, Strabismus, Cerebral Palsy, etc.
How does it work?
The product is injected into specific muscles to temporarily relax them. The relaxation of these muscle(s) prevents movement and results in wrinkle reduction. The repeated movement of certain muscles cause wrinkles so, by preventing this movement, it helps minimize or soften the wrinkles in these areas.
What should I do pre-treatment?
One should avoid alcohol for 3 days and any product(s )containing aspirin, Ibuprofen, Ginko Biloba, St. John's Wort or high doses of Vitamin E for 1 week prior to the treatment. This will decrease the risk of bruising and bleeding at the treatment site.
What should I do post-treatment?
It may be advised to temporarily apply ice to the treated area(s). Do NOT massage the treated area(s) for two weeks after injection (this includes avoidance of facials or aggressive facial procedures). Avoid vigorous exercise for a few days after treatment. Ask your provider if they suggest the use of certain OTC creams that may help with healing.
Does it hurt?
Discomfort during this procedure is minimal. Ice is routinely applied to the treated area prior to injection. No local or topical anesthesia is necessary prior to this treatment.