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  • What exactly is BOTOX Cosmetic?

    Botox is a highly purified protein injected into the skin to relax the muscles that cause some kinds of wrinkles.

    What problems will Botox injections treat?

    In addition to over 180 medical uses, Botox injections have many cosmetic uses, including treatment of frown lines, worry lines across the forehead, crow's feet lines, certain lines around the mouth, and excessively sweaty armpits, palms, and feet. In some patients relief from migraine headaches is an added benefit.

    Do the injections hurt?

    The needles for Botox injections are very small; patients are often surprised at how little pain they injections cause.

    What are the risks?

    The most common side effect is a mild amount of droopiness in an eyelid ("sleepy" eye) that lasts about 10 days without treatment. This is a rare occurrance. As with any time you get an injection anywhere in you body, a small bruise is possible.

    Can you become "immune" to Botox injections?

    Theoretically, but patients who receive Botox injections frequently for one or two years typically require less and less each time.

    Who should not use Botox Cosmetic?

    Women who are pregnant or who hope to become pregnant, who are breast-feeding, and people who are taking certain antibiotics, have neuromuscular disorders or an allergy to Botox, should not have injections.