Although it is a toxin, BOTOX Cosmetic has been used safely by ophthalmologists for more than 10 years. It has been used as a means of wrinkle therapy since the early 1990′s with no documentation of any serious side effects. Recently, BOTOX Cosmetic has also begun to be used to effectively relieve headaches, treat uncontrolled eye twitching and crossed eyes, muscle spasms, and excessive underarm sweating.
A small amount of BOTOX Cosmetic is injected straight into the muscles that cause wrinkles such as frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX Cosmetic effectively inactivates these muscles, thereby causing wrinkle lines to either disappear or decrease dramatically.
A BOTOX Cosmetic treatment is quick, and results usually last three to six months. After that, you may return for a follow-up injection. Some doctors have reported that after several treatments, the effects of BOTOX Cosmetic appear to last longer. However, it should be noted that some reports prove quite the opposite.
The most common complication is a small, temporary drooping of the eyelid. BOTOX Cosmetic is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body, so patients can return to full activity immediately.
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have a neurological disease should not use BOTOX Cosmetic.