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What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a treatment used to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles in specific areas of the face. The most common areas are the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is derived from the botulinum toxin type A, a form of bacteria that blocks nerve signals to the muscles when injected.
Once injected, the muscle will not be able to contract, preventing unwanted facial wrinkles from showing.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a permanent solution, so you will need to go several times to the physician to obtain the facial appearance you desire.
What Are the Side Effects of BOTOX®?
Like any medication, there are numerous side effects associated with this treatment.
For BOTOX®, some side effects include:
- Mild difficulty swallowing
- Respiratory infections
- Muscle weakness
- Double vision
- Eye irritation
- Eye twitching
If you are ever feeling these symptoms, you should contact your physician right away.
Many people do not have any severe side effects when using this medication.
It is important to note that after receiving BOTOX®, you should not rub or massage any areas treated because it may cause facial weakness or drooping.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
Even though there are many possible adverse side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic, they are all temporary problems that only have a small chance of occurring.
Since BOTOX® Cosmetic is also a temporary solution, many of these symptoms will wear off over time.
Overall, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are relatively safe but may include some temporary side effects.
The Stigmas of BOTOX®
Celebrities and movie stars used to be known as the primary consumers of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Nowadays, that is not necessarily true.
In 2018, there were about 7.4 million injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic and 2.6 million injections of dermal filler, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not only used to improve facial features, but a medical variety of the same neurotoxin (BOTOX®) can treat eye disorders, overactive bladders, and reduce headaches.