Injection of small amounts of the bacterial-derived toxin commonly known as “BOTOX®” can be used to cause a temporary, controlled weakening of the muscles. This can be a useful, non-surgical method to improve the appearance of wrinkles. The FDA has approved BOTOX® for use in improving “frown” lines that are between your eyebrows. It is also commonly used in other locations of the face as well.
What to expect: Your procedure will begin after consulting with your surgeon about the precise plan that is right for you. Using a small needle, BOTOX® is carefully injected into the pre-selected muscles. There is typically no anesthesia needed. Following the injection, it is important to elevate your head for 3-4 hours and avoid any rubbing of the area. The effects can last up to 6 months.
Some of the unlikely complications: Headache and mild bruising can occur. Less likely problems include a droopy eyelid if the injected BOTOX® migrates to the upper eyelid muscles. Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not use BOTOX®. A more complete discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives will always be included at your visit. As always, our efforts are directed at minimizing the risk of these complications and optimizing your safety.