Mild to moderate wrinkles of the face.
How It Works
Botox works inside muscle cells to block the release of a chemical messenger that causes muscle contraction. By blocking that communication, the muscles are weakened and are therefore less active. Wrinkles that are visible when muscles contract, will therefore be decreased. Most commonly this is used for “frown lines” between the eyebrows and “crows feet” around the eyes. Although there are many other uses for Botox or Dysport.
Most common side effect is bruising at the injection site.
What to Expect
Botox takes about 3 days to start working and can take 2-3 weeks for maximum results. Some patients experience an altered sensation or heaviness in the brow area (if injected) that is temporary. The effects of Botox last on average 3 months, but results may vary.
Clarifying some points about Botox
1. Botox is NOT a filler – It does not work by “filling” wrinkles (like other filler products) rather it weakens muscles so that they cannot contract and wrinkles are less apparent.
2. Botox, when used in the face, has not caused any side effects in the rest of the body such as muscle weakening or paralysis.
Some rare side effects of Botox include weakening of the muscles of the eyelid or muscles around the eyeball, which have been reported in the literature.