Over time, wrinkles creep up between the brows—it’s the result of years of muscle movement drawing the brows together. These lines can disturb the natural, youthful appearance of the brow. Fortunately, in many cases, they can be treated effectively with tiny injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Right for You?
For individuals 18 to 65 seeking to diminish the “crinkle” lines that form when smiling, laughing, frowning or lifting the brow, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a popular and effective solution. While BOTOX® Cosmetic can produce desirable results with the brow-lines that form while the muscles are contracting, deeper lines that appear even at rest may require a separate rejuvenation procedure.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
BOTOX® Cosmetic uses tiny amounts of a botulinum toxin type A—a widely studied medical tool approved in 75 nations—administered through tiny injections in the muscles that directly impact brow lines. The botulinum toxin blocks the release of the chemical that causes the muscles to contract. Since it only acts locally, the procedure does not impact your ability to smile or show facial expression. BOTOX®Cosmetic is minimally invasive, requires no anesthesia and can be performed in your doctor’s office in a few minutes.
FDA-approved BOTOX® Cosmetic meets a high standard of safety but, as with any procedure, risks are present. The most serious risks, while rare, involve heart problems or allergic reactions which require immediate attention by a physician. More common side effects include temporary drooping of the eyelids, nausea, localized pain, swelling, tenderness, redness, bleeding or bruising. Patients with certain neuromuscular issues like ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may have an increased risk of serious side effects.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes, and under normal circumstances, the patient should experience no downtime. Effects usually take five–10 days to occur. Lines may continue to diminish for up to a week after your treatment.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a temporary means of softening wrinkles in the brow area. Effects last up to four months and follow-up procedures may be necessary at that time.