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Botulinum toxin is a medication that is injected into the muscles beneath the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. "Botox" is the brand name for a type of botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin is a safe, non-surgical alternative to other anti-aging treatments. A treatment takes only a few minutes in a doctor's office.

Botulinum toxin weakens the muscle into which it is injected. When a muscle normally contracts, such as when someone squints or frowns, it causes the skin above to crease. A botulinum toxin-weakened muscle leaves the skin smoother and less prone to wrinkling. The lines that result from frequent muscle contractions gradually fade, and in some cases, disappear.

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Botulinum toxin is frequently used for the following:
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead creases
  • Crow's feet around the eyes
  • Lines on the upper lip caused by pursing the lips
  • Downturned corners of the mouth
  • Neck wrinkles and bands
Your doctor will determine where to inject and how much medication to use. Following treatment, you will see start seeing results in about 3-5 days, with peak results in 7-10 days.

Over a period of 3-5 months, the botulinum toxin slowly wears off, and the affected muscles regain their ability to contract fully. Repeat injections are performed when muscle function returns.

Side effects of botulinum toxin injections include minor discomfort, redness, and occasional bruising at the injection site. These usually resolve in a few hours to a few days. Rarely, temporary drooping of an eyebrow may occur. This usually resolves after a few weeks. You may wish to discuss potential side effects with your doctor. Although botulinum toxin has been FDA-approved and used safely for fine wrinkles, the treatment has received some bad press due to occasional poor outcomes or dangerous results. Keep in mind that these unfortunate events were primarily due to the medication's use by unqualified individuals (non-physicians) or the use of a non-FDA approved source of botulinum toxin. Tell your doctor if you have any concerns about receiving botulinum toxin treatments.

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