BOTOX COSMETIC® is used to relax specific muscles of the face, creating a softening effect on the facial lines in the area. The Neuromodulator is injected into a muscle that causes a temporary reduction in the strength of muscle contraction. This effect may start to occur within 3-4 days after injection, with full results seen in 14 days. The duration of the relaxation effect is on average 3-4 months. However, the duration can be shorter or longer, based on the individual.
A combination of factors can cause facial lines. It’s not just about the cellular changes that may occur, or reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.
Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the surface and temporarily reduces the underlying muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults – to help them look visibly smoother.
Some patients receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic report the injections feel like a pinch. You may begin to notice a visible smoothing of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a permanent treatment. If you discontinue treatment the moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines will gradually return.