What is botox?

Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin A.  Botox is in use in the treatment of many neuromuscular conditions for last 15 years.

How does Botox remove wrinkles?

The deep wrinkles that develop on the forehead between the eyebrows and around the eyes (Crow’s Feet) are caused by the hyperactive underlying muscles. Injection of Botox causes short term paralysis of these muscles. This results in to flattening of the wrinkles.

USFDA approved the use of Botox for this purpose only in 2002.

Which areas of face can be treated by Botox injection?

Botox can be used to treat mainly frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, laugh lines and in some selected cases in treatment of bands on the neck and lips.

What does the doctor do in the procedure?

Botox injection is an easy, simple, quick procedure. Injections are giving with very fine needles in the muscles of the area to be treated.

Are the injections painful?

Most patients find the injections tolerable. They find the injections less painful than injections taken on the arms or buttocks.  If someone is very apprehensive, the doctor may advise use of local anesthetic cream like PRILOX.

When can I get back to the routine?

You can join the routine immediately after the procedure is over. Procedure is over

When the effect of Botox will be visible?

The effect of the injection can be seen from 4th – 5th day. The effect continues to improve till 3rdweek. However, some patient may require an additional minor booster dose at the end of 2 weeks.

What is the duration of the results?

On an average the result lasts for about 5 – 6 months. The procedure needs to be repeated thereafter. The duration of result may increase with repeated injections in some patients. It has also been observed that the male patients may need injections more frequently.

Are there any side effects?

Most of the patients do not develop any side effects. Incidence of the side effect is very rare. They may be like, flu like syndrome, respiratory infection and temporary weakness of eyelid muscles. All these are reversible.

Are there any contraindications?

Yes, Botox can not be used in following condition.

  • Pregnancy
  • Breast Feeding
  • Myaesthenia Gravis
  • Eaton Lambert Disease
  • Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis