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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical, aesthetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause those persistent frown lines that have developed over time.
One 10-minute treatment—a few tiny injections—and within days there’s a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, which can last up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women surveyed rated the improvement in the appearance of frown lines between their brows as moderate to better 1 month after treatment.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a chemical made from Botulism toxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscles of expression. This blocks the transmission of a nerve impulse into the muscle. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Individual results may vary
There are two categories of facial wrinkles:static and dynamic. Static wrinkles are visible when your face is at rest. Static wrinkles occur during the aging process because of the loss of elastic tissue. Dynamic wrinkles appear temporarily when a muscle contracts during facial expression (i.e. smiling, frowning). Dynamic wrinkles are commonly found in areas of facial expression like the forehead (worry lines), between the eye brows (glabellar lines), and around the eyes (crow’s feet).
BOTOX® Cosmetic diminishes or eliminates the appearance of dynamic wrinkles because it paralyzes the underlying muscle causing the wrinkle. When injected directly into the muscle, the purified Botulinum toxin type A prevents the muscle from contracting by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle. Because the muscle cannot contract, the wrinkle cannot form and it gradually diminishes.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not as effective on static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are better treated surgically or with dermal fillers. BOTOX® Cosmetic is mainly used to treat dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face. However, many physicians use it to cosmetically treat other areas of the face and neck. Moreover, BOTOX® Cosmetic has also been used to treat migraine headaches and excessive underarm sweating.