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FAQ on Botox


What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creating a smoothed, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. It’s a simple non-surgical procedure that smoothes the deep, persistent facial lines that develop over time. One ten minute treatment – a few tiny injections – relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed for four months.

The results are dramatic and apparent within days. For many, BOTOX® temporarily erases these lines.

BOTOX® is registered for the treatment of frown lines and approved by US FDA. It has been widely tested with 12 years of effective use in hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide for various medical uses.

What BOTOX isn’t

BOTOX® is not magic. It’s a medicine. BOTOX® is highly purified protein that is extracted from bacteria, in a similar way that penicillin comes from a mould.

BOTOX® will not radically change your appearance or make you look like you’ve had a facelift. It will not “freeze” your facial expressions. It softens them and worked where you want it to. It does not travel throughout the body and does not remain in your body indefinitely.

How BOTOX® works

Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated facial expressions. BOTOX® relaxes the tiny muscles that cause expression lines, leaving the overlying skin smooth and unwrinkled. Once the muscle is relaxed, you cannot contract it and continue to make the undesirable facial expression. Thus the lines gradually smooth out from disuse, and new ceases are prevented from forming.

BOTOX® works on the specific areas treated. Other muscles like those used to raise the eyebrows are not affected so a natural expression is maintained. It will not “freeze” your facial expressions.  It softens them and works where you want it to.

What to expect from the treatment

Your specialist will determine exactly where to use BOTOX® to achieve the best results. No anesthetic is required, although your doctor may use ice before injecting. Treatment takes around 10minutes.
A tiny amount of BOTOX® is placed in selected facial muscles via tiny injections using a very fine needle. Discomfort is minimal and brief – most patients describe it as an ant bite sting for a few seconds.

Most people resume normal activities immediately. After injection, it takes 2-3 days for BOTOX® to begin taking effect and around 7 days to see the full effect.

BOTOX® lasts for up to four months, depending on the individual. You can decide to repeat the procedure as you wish. The result will wear off gradually and expression lines slowly return. To maintain the effect you will require repeat injections 2-3times a year. Studies show that with repeat BOTOX® treatment, the effect can last longer, so you may require less frequent treatment in the future to maintain the result you have come to like.

In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy, the most common side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. These include soreness or mild bruising, which can be easily covered with makeup, headache, and less commonly, you may develop a heavy eyelid lasting 1-4 weeks which your doctor may be able to treat. There have been no permanent side effects of BOTOX® reported.

BOTOX® is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.

Where can it be used?

BOTOX® is used widely for the elimination of
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Crow feet or smile lines around the eyes

It is also being used to lift the eyebrow and open up the eye for a more youthful appearance. Doctors have also reported good results in nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth, perioral lines (“smokers lips”) reducing neck lines and chins dimpling or creasing.

Is BOTOX® a common cosmetic procedure?

BOTOX® was the number one cosmetic procedure in 2001, according to the American Society for Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. In the United States 1.6 million BOTOX® procedures were recorded in 2001, making it the most popular option amongst all cosmetic procedures.

Is it suitable for men?

BOTOX® is equally effective on men and women. Over 220,000 BOTOX® procedures were performed on men in the United States in 2001, making it the leading cosmetic treatment for men. Because it is effective for stress (frown) lines, it is popular with many businessmen to leave them looking more refreshed and approachable.

Will my lines look worse if I choose not to continue treatments?

No. Your lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance. This may take 6 to 12 months.

Can BOTOX® be combined with other procedures?

BOTOX® is often used in the combination with collagen or laser resurfacing. In fact, studies have shown that CO2 laser resurfacing alone gives less improvement than when performed with BOTOX®.

Botox® is often used in the combination with thermage, collagen or laser procedure

Why is BOTOX® unique?

The brand name BOTOX® (Botiulinum toxin type A) should not be confused with other products containing botulinum toxin. BOTOX® was the first product of its type approved by the US FAD in 1989.

Finding a physician performing BOTOX® injection

Consult an appropriately trained specialist, such as dermatologist or plastic surgeon, for the BOTOX® procedure . Always discuss in advance of what you want to achieve thoroughly with your doctor so the desirable result can be achieved.

Beware of “bargain BOTOX” offers. If the price seems much cheaper it is likely that BOTOX® is not being used, or the BOTOX® dose is too low or the product has been diluted to give a weaker effect that may not last as long. A properly trained specialist will help you achieve the desirable result.

Is BOTOX® suitable for me?

Please consult a specialist.