The Buzz On BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections
By Deanna Collins
Published on December 21, 2010
We've all heard about BOTOX® Cosmetic and how popular it is in the fight against aging. Due to its quick results and low instance of risks, about 4.5 million women and 305,000 men underwent the BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure in 2009, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription wrinkle reducing product that can be injected into the muscles in between the brows to eliminate moderate-to-severe frown lines. It is only to be used short-term and by people age 18 and up. It is the first product that contains botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA, and does not require any incisions or recovery time to see remarkable results.
What's the Procedure Like?
Administered by a qualified medical professional, the injections are targeted into the muscles along the brow line and the entire procedure only takes about 10 minutes. No anesthesia is required, but an ice pack may be used to reduce swelling or redness.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Side Effects
The immediate side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bleeding/bruising at the sites of the injections.
BOTOX® Cosmetic results can last up to six months, so the long-term side effects of the procedure could take that long to diminish.
Other symptoms of BOTOX® Cosmetic include nausea, flu syndrome, respiratory infection, forehead and eyelid drooping, and headaches. If you happen to feel any of these side effects, discontinue use and go to your healthcare provider to treat the problems.
It's important to disclose any medical conditions, allergies, and medications you are on to your BOTOX® Cosmetic professional. This will help avoid any complications during or after the procedure.
The medical professional administering the injection is trained to give you best results possible, which will last for a long time. Knowing the risks involved will help prevent any serious side effects from arising.