Botulinum toxin (Botox®) has been used safely in medicine for decades to treat certain medical conditions. Currently, Botox injections are performed to reduce facial lines that are caused by muscle movement.
Botulinum toxin injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the “frown lines” between the eyebrows, and it is also commonly used to treat laugh lines or “crows feet” around the eyes. Additionally, this medicine may be used to reduce excessive perspiration of the underarms, hands, or feet.
The effects last 3 to 6 months, and subsequent treatments are necessary to maintain optimal results. Side effects are usually mild and may include bruising, mild temporary swelling, and slight pain on injection. Botulinum toxin injection often gives patients a more refreshed, relaxed appearance and requires no down time. For these reasons, it is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in this country.