How does Botox work?
Botox works to reduce wrinkles by temporarily disconnecting the “power” from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle does not work for a short time and can’t cause the wrinkles.
Is Botox a poison?
No. Botox is one of the seven proteins produced by the Botulism Bacteria. The protein is purified and used to be a wrinkle reducer. IT IS NOT THE BACTERIA.
Will my wrinkles be worse if I stop using Botox?
No, your wrinkles will go back to their original state if you stop using Botox.
How long has Botox been around?
In one name or another, Botox has been around well over 45 years! When originally used for eye problems such as strabismus or blepherospasm, doctors noted that the wrinkles around the eyes began to go away. Studies were done and Botox got FDA approval in 2002 for cosmetic purposes. It continues to be studied in other areas for cosmetic uses. Botox is one of the most studied drugs in the world.
What are the side effects and how long do they last?
The most common side effect of Botox is a droopy eyelid, or “ptosis”, or a droopy eyebrow. It is only common in 1% of the population treated and in the hands of a good injector happens even less. A droopy eyelid can last a few weeks if the Botox is injected properly, but may last as long as three months if injected improperly.* That is a reason to go to an experienced injector.
Sometimes Botox may cause a headache for a day or two. Most often, Botox reduces the headaches caused by muscle contraction.*
Does Botox spread to other parts of the body?
When injected in cosmetic doses for wrinkle reduction, Botox is not found in other parts of the body.