Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX
BOTOX dates back to the 1950s when scientists found it was useful in treating muscle spasms. The FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002 as a tool for treating lines on the brow. The protein within BOTOX is a purified protein that blocks nerve impulses, leading to a temporary paralysis that helps relax muscles. This helps reduce the appearance of creases, fine lines, and wrinkles on the face and neck.
The doctor injects BOTOX into the affected area. The entire appointment usually takes less than 30 minutes. There is a sting as the injection occurs, but the discomfort is minor.
Following your BOTOX injections, you can return to your usual routine. You do not need time to recover. Expect to see results after a few days.
Side effects are not typical. Some people do report getting eyelids that droop temporarily, flu-like symptoms, headaches, nausea, and respiratory infection. You should not undergo BOTOX injections if you have an infection in the area where the injections will be administered. In rare occasions, people develop antibodies to BOTOX, making the treatments ineffective.
BOTOX injections remain effective for up to four months. You should go for repeat injections every three or four months.
BOTOX is suitable for anyone between the ages of 18 and 65. It’s suitable for men and women who want to smooth creases, fine lines, and wrinkles on the face and neck.
It’s important to understand that BOTOX is a cosmetic treatment. Therefore, most insurance companies do not cover any portion of the cost. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average cost of BOTOX in 2011 was $328 per session.