BOTOX

Botox injections are one of the most common types of outpatient procedures for crow’s feet. These facial wrinkles are the fan-like formations that develop near the outside corners of your eyes. They can be challenging to treat using home methods.

Despite the efficacy of Botox treatments, there’s a lot of information to consider before opting for these injections. Cost, frequency, and risk factors are just some of the concerns you might want to think about.

What it is

Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are also other brand names, such as Dysport and Xeomin.

What They Can Do

 

When using for crow’s feet, the injections relax muscles surrounding your eye corners, so your skin smooths out. The effects may be especially noticeable when you laugh.

Key Benefits

Botox injections have several helpful uses. Although widely known for their cosmetic use in correcting fine lines, wrinkles, and other aging concerns of the facial area, Botox treatments are also useful for their work in helping temporarily treat hyperhidrosis (an overproduction of sweat), reducing the size of large calf muscles, helping treat chronic migraines, headaches, and neck pain, and in helping control an overactive bladder, just to name a few.

​Solutions for

 

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines

  • Crows Feet (lines around the eye)

  • Forehead lines

  • Frown lines.

  • Lip Lines

  • Sagging Chin and Neck

Botox Products

Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable neurotoxin, better known under brand names such as Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®.

Cost

Botox® is a temporary remedy for both the cosmetic and medical concerns you may have, however, it is a cost-effective option ranging anywhere from $100 per treatment to $1,500 per treatment. While highly effective on its own, many people combine Botox® with other treatments such as facelifts, brow lifts or other plastic surgeries to reap the most cosmetic benefit available.

Common Side Effects 

  • muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected;

  • trouble swallowing for several months after treatment;

  • muscle stiffness, neck pain, pain in your arms or legs;

  • blurred vision, puffy eyelids, dry eyes, drooping eyebrows;

  • dry mouth;

  • headache, tiredness;

  • increased sweating in areas other than the underarms; or

  • bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling where the injection was given

Possible Side Effects

  • allergic reactions

  • rash

  • itching

  • headache

  • neck or back pain

  • muscle stiffness

  • difficulty swallowing

  • shortness of breath

  • nausea

  • diarrhea

  • stomach pain

  • loss of appetite

  • muscle weakness

  • fever

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • runny nose

  • flu symptoms

  • cold symptoms

  • respiratory infections

  • dizziness

  • drowsiness

  • tired feeling

  • anxiety

  • dry mouth

  • ringing in your ears

  • increased sweating in areas other than the underarms

  • urinary tract infections

  • burning/painful urination

  • difficulty urinating

Injection Site Reactions

  • bruising

  • bleeding

  • pain

  • redness

  • swelling

  • infection

Drooping of the eyelid (ptosis), inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), eye dryness, itchy eyes, double vision, eye irritation, tearing, increased sensitivity to light, reduced blinking, and eyelid swelling or bruising may occur when used for treating blepharospasm.
Botox is administered by injection and dosing depends on the condition that it is used for.

 

Administration of botulinum toxin with other agents (for example, aminoglycosides, curare) that affect neuromuscular function may increase the effect of botulinum toxin. There are no adequate studies of Botox in pregnant women and it has not been evaluated in nursing mothers.

Our Botox Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Recovery Expectations

The recovery time for Botox is short compared with other types of cosmetic procedures. Unless you start experiencing side effects at the healthcare provider’s office, you’re able to go home right after your injections.

At-home recovery is also straightforward. You can wear makeup and wash your face the same day. You can even go back to work, too. Be sure you don’t rub the skin around your eyes, though. This can cause the medication to move away from your crow’s feet.

Long Term Results

Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin and into the target muscle, where it remains. The results of Botox will not be noticeable right away. It can take up to 3 days before you notice the maximum effects of your Botox injections. The effects of Botox last on average 4 months with a range of 3-6 months. Maintenance treatments are therefore required to maintain the look and appearance achieved from your injections. Maintenance schedules will vary depending on your specific reasons for needing Botox treatments.

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