Botox® is used for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines.

How Botox® works

While it’s often mistakenly thought of as filler, Botox® is actually a cosmetic prescription medication that is injected into the glabellar muscles. The glabellar muscles are the frown lines that gradually appear between your brows after a period of time. The temporary treatment, which can be administered by injection to adults 18 to 65 years old, works by preventing the muscle contractions that cause the frown lines to form in the first place.

The Botox® treatment process

When Botox® is administered; the patient feels only a minimum of discomfort. Usually, the injection site is numbed with either a cold pack or an anesthetic, typically in the form of a cream. The process takes only about 10 minutes. Therefore, patients can have the treatment performed on their lunch hour or conveniently after work.

Within only a matter of days, a patient will see a definite improvement in their facial appearance. Frown lines continue to diminish over a period of about a month.

Botox®, which is a temporary treatment, can last as long as four months depending upon the individual.

Botox® is not for everyone

Individuals who may not be a good candidate for Botox® and who may need to opt for another cosmetic option include:

  • Persons with breathing conditions, such as emphysema or asthma
  • Individuals susceptible to bleeding
  • People with trouble swallowing
  • Individuals who will be undergoing surgery in the near future
  • Anyone who has had facial surgery
  • Pregnant women or women who plan to become pregnant
  • Women who are currently breastfeeding

Side effects

Side effects from Botox® can include injection site pain, tenderness, redness, bruising, swelling, or inflammation. In addition, some patients have experienced headache, dry mouth, fatigue, neck pain, and blurred vision. Allergic reactions, although rare, included asthmatic symptoms, dizziness, itching, or rash. Patients who become faint or dizzy or have difficulty breathing after a Botox® treatment should contact their health care provider immediately.