Botox® is naturally derived purified botulinum toxin that is FDA approved to reduce facial expression lines as well as to minimize perspiration of the armpits, hands and feet. It has been used for medical purposes for more than 2 decades. Botox® is capable of preventing the unwanted facial expression lines that eventually develop into permanent wrinkles and furrows. Sometimes, even wrinkles and furrows at rest, improve or disappear after treatment with Botox®.
How does Botox® work?
When the facial expression lines are targeted, Botox® reduces the activity of the nerves that control the facial expression muscles. For the treatment of excessive perspiration of the armpits, hands and feet, Botox® reduces the activity of the nerves that stimulate these sweat glands.
How does Botox® compare to Fillers?
Botox® and fillers are used for different purposes. Botox® reduces the activity of the muscles that produce facial expression lines. However, it may not significantly affect those wrinkles and furrows that have already developed and are present in the absence of active facial expression. Filler materials, such as Juvederm® and fat, treat these at-rest wrinkle lines and furrows by plumping up the skin. Although fillers reduce the appearance of lines when there is no facial expression, the moment that you smile or frown, the lines reappear.
How do I know whether I will benefit from Botox® or a Filler for expression lines?
This will depend upon whether you want to treat facial expression lines or wrinkle lines. That is, are your lines present at rest (wrinkle lines) or only with facial expression (facial expression lines)? Some people benefit more from Botox® than fillers while others more from fillers than Botox®. However, many benefit from a combination of Botox® and filler. During a consultation, it will be determined whether Botox®, filler or a combination of both will provide the most benefit to you.
Is there any discomfort with treatment?
There is usually mild discomfort at the injection sites – this only lasts for the duration of the injection. There is rarely any discomfort or unusual sensation after treatment.
How long do the results of Botox® last?
The effects of Botox® are temporary. Reduction in facial expression lines usually lasts for up to 4 months. Reduction in excessive perspiration usually lasts for up to 6 months. When the effects of Botox® diminish, you can get another treatment. There is no limit to the number of times that Botox® can be administered.
When can I expect to see results?
Reduction of facial expression lines can be noticed 24 hours after treatment. The maximal benefit can be seen 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. Reduction in perspiration can sometimes be noticed within hours after treatment.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Side effects from Botox® are rare, but could develop if it reached an adjacent muscle which was not meant to be treated. This has been reported in about only 1% of those treated and is temporary, and may persist for a few months.