What is Botox®?
Botox is a prescribed medication made of botulinum toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. Botox functions by blocking the neuromuscular transmission through decreased acetylcholine release. This temporarily paralyzes the injected muscle and weakens it. When Botox is used for cosmetic purposes, only a small dosage is injected to prevent any adverse effects.
Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002 to temporarily treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. The regions for Botox treatments have expanded from frown lines to the frontalis (forehead region), mentalis (chin region), crow’s feet (eye regions), nasalis (nose region), and masseter (jaw muscle).
Botox is a non-invasive method with proven effects. The procedure is simple and short, and does not cause a lot of pain. Because of these characteristics, Botox injections are also labeled a ‘3S’ (simple, safe, and satisfactory) procedure.
Botox Injection Areas
- Frontalis (Forehead)
- Mentalis (Chin)
- Corrugator (Between brows)
- Masseter (jaw muscle)
- Nasalis (nose)
Botox Effects and Duration
- The effects of Botox will start to appear 2-3 days after the injection, but it will take about 1 week before maximum effects are noticeable.
- Effects will last for 3-6 months, but vary individually. Patients will decide to receive the injection again when fine lines reappear.
- Jaw muscle reduction
- The effects of Botox will start to appear 2 weeks after the injection, and will take about 6-8 weeks before maximum effects are noticeable.
- The effects of the procedure will last for 3-6 months but vary individually. Patients will decide upon retouching the injection again in 4-6 months, and the Botox effects will last longer after multiple injections.