What Does Botox Do?

Botox relaxes facial muscles reducing frown lines, forehead lines, and crow's feet. It can also give you a Botox brow lift and treat selected lines in the lower face. You look more rested and less stressed or angry. It is also used to decrease excessive sweating on palms and underarms, and for a migraine or a muscle-related headache.

About Botox Treatments

Number of Botox Treatments One

Time to See Botox Results Varies from a few days up to fourteen days.

Time to See Botox Results Three to six months; the average duration is four months. Then treatment is repeated.

There are usually no side effects. Varies from a few days up to fourteen days.

  • Tiny bruises may occur at injection sites, resolving quickly.
  • Temporary eyelid or eyebrow droop uncommonly occurs, usually 1-2 weeks after injection, worse late in the day, and usually lasts less than 1 month. If needed, prescription eye drops can reduce this side effect.
  • Headache may occur after treatment, usually minor, but occasionally moderate or severe.
  • If the area around the mouth is treated, occasionally a temporary lip droop or weakness may occur.
  • If the neck is treated, neck weakness rarely occurs.
  • If hands are treated for sweating, temporary decreased grip strength may be noted.
  • Very rarely, temporary double or blurred vision, difficulty breathing, swallowing, speaking or muscle weakness have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Occasionally antibodies to Botox may develop which make further treatment ineffective, but have no other known adverse effects.

After Botox Injection At least 2 weeks after treatment— if you feel you have an incomplete response you may schedule an appointment for a "touch up," usually requiring less units than the original treatment. Additional units are charged at regular price/unit.

Next regular treatment— should usually be in 3-4 months.

To maximize improvement in lines or headache— it is best to treat before the effect is completely worn off to keep muscles rested.

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