Botox® is a purified protein toxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. Initially Botox was developed for spastic muscle conditions. During this time it was noted that it also produced softening of facial wrinkles. It has been used for this purpose for over ten years with excellent results and a very favorable safety record. Some of the common areas treated include crow's feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles.
The procedure is performed in the office and does not require anaesthesia. Complications are minor and the most serious is a slight drooping of the eyelid which is temporary, since the effect wears off in time. Following treatment, patients can resume normal activities. Slight swelling or bruising may be noted in the treatment area. Botox® creates a more rested and youthful look by relaxing the muscles which create wrinkles and frown lines. The effects of Botox® usually last from three to six months at which time a follow-up injection is recommended. After several treatments, the effect of Botox® may begin to last longer, sometimes as long as seven to ten months.
Below are 2 example sets of before and after Botox treatments.