This post is also available in: Spanish
As a treatment for wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic works a little differently than a collagen wrinkle filler. BOTOX has been proven to smooth facial lines by paralyzing or weakening the muscles that can cause frowning. By limiting these particular muscles, BOTOX can decrease the amount of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial creases.
BOTOX is much more than a wrinkle remover. BOTOX is approved to treat:
- Uncontrollable blinking
- Cervical dystonia (a neurological disorder that
causes severe neck and shoulder contractions)
- Moderate to severe lines and wrinkles between eyebrows
What the Experts say about BOTOX & Wrinkles
“Our successful clinical work shows that BOTOX Cosmetic is safe and effective for this aesthetic use,” said Lester J. Kaplan, Allergan’s president of research and development and Global Botox.
“Along with the previous approvals in the U.S. for Botox, in the treatment of certain neurological disorders, this new indication firmly establishes the versatility of the product.“
Source: Allergan Inc.
Studies show that after 30 days of use, the severity of the frown lines and wrinkles in patients injected with BOTOX Cosmetic was reduced for up to 120 days. However, it should be remembered that BOTOX, when used around the mouth, could be problematic. BOTOX causes muscle weakening so drinking, eating, and speaking could become difficult. For lip enhancement it’s always best to use a dermal filler such as Restylane or Collagen.
Aging wrinkles are a natural part of life, however, BOTOX can help decrease both the number and prominence of facial wrinkles. It is best to be aware of the side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic and that the FDA recommends that BOTOX Cosmetic be injected only once every three months, using the lowest effective dosage. It is available by prescription only, so contact us to see if BOTOX is right for you.
According to The Associated Press, BOTOX costs vary around the country but average about $400 a treatment. BOTOX injections are purchased in units, and you can use all your units on your current fine lines and wrinkles, or save units for future wrinkles. How you use BOTOX Cosmetic is up to you.