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If you are considering Botox® injections...


The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox® is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes. Risks of the procedure are rare and should be discussed with your physician.

The procedure takes only minutes to perform and is done either by a physician or a trained nurse. Several small injections are placed into the facial muscles directly beneath the skin. Following the injections there is usually temporary swelling and occasionally bruising. Your physician will instruct you on how to care for the area but generally you will be advised to not massage the areas and remain upright for 3 to four hours after the injection. The smoothing effect of the Botox will take place several days to a week after the injection. The effects of Botox® will last between 3 to 5 months.

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