BOTOX

Botox or Botulinum Toxin is a medication or a toxin that essentially helps freeze muscles resulting in reduced wrinkles and an overall more symmetrical appearance. Botox can also be used to reduce excessive sweating by injecting into the underarm area.

A dermatologist injects very small amounts of purified botulinum toxin. 

When treating fine lines and wrinkles, the dermatologist injects botulinum toxin into targeted muscles on the face or neck. This temporarily relaxes the targeted muscles, causing fine lines and wrinkles to diminish. The effect lasts about 3 to 4 months — and sometimes longer.

When treating excessive sweating, a dermatologist injects directly into the skin on the underarm. A single treatment can provide up to 6 months of relief from excessive sweating. 

Dermatologists aim for their patients to look natural. To do this, they inject just enough to weaken and relax the targeted muscles without affecting other muscles. This allows patients to maintain their natural facial expressions.

No. This treatment does not affect your ability to feel. 

You can have another treatment when the excessive sweating or lines and wrinkles return. With repeat treatment for lines and wrinkles, the muscle may thin, leading to longer-lasting results.

Most people return to their everyday activities immediately. As soon as you leave the treatment room, you can apply makeup.

To prevent the injected substance from spreading to areas where you do not want it, you’ll need to take a few precautions:

  • Do not rub or massage the areas where you received the injections. 
  • If you apply makeup, take care not to press or rub it in.
  • Wait two hours before you engage in strenuous physical activity. This includes lifting heavy items, working out, and any other physical activity that raises your heart rate.

If a patient develops side effects, these tend to be mild and temporary. The injections, rather than the botulinum toxin itself, cause mostly mild side effects. For example, a patient may occasionally bruise. If this happens, the bruising lasts about 1 week.

After receiving injections, occasional side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Bruising
  • Mild headache (uncommon)

Very rare side effects include: 

  • Weakness in a neighboring muscle, leading to a temporarily droopy brow or eyelid.
  • Signs and symptoms of botulism, including problems breathing, swallowing, or speaking.