Botox cosmetic is a purified protein that can temporarily reduce frown lines. It works by blocking nerve impulses, leading to reduced movement of the treated muscles. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out and the deep lines fade. In addition, there is new research that suggests that Botox injections may slow the formation of new or deeper wrinkles. Thus, younger people are now electing for Botox as a preventative procedure.

Botox typically lasts 3- 6 months and is FDA approved for patient 18 – 65 years old.

What to expect during and after a Botox procedure:      

1. You may elect to use numbing cream to minimize pain

2. Tiny injections will be placed in the muscles that typically cause wrinklesYou may have small bumps/ redness in the injected areas for a few hours.Occasionally,  small bruising may occur

3. You should not put your head down, lie down, or engage in strenuous exercise for 4 hours after treatment

4.  The main side effect after a Botox treatment is headache. The headache is not from the Botox itself, but rather from the very small injections. Tylenol is helpful. Motrin, Advil and aspirin should be avoided as they increase your bruising potential

5.  It may take 3 – 10 days for the Botox to take effect

Botox in ethnic skin: T vhe tiny needles used for Botox lead to very minimal bruising, marks or redness. However, as ethnic skin takes longer to recover, I advise you to plan your Botox procedure at least 2 weeks before a big event.