BOTOX® is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles.
In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
Oregon Man Clinics offers BOTOX® injections for patients in Bend and Springfield, OR and nearby areas. Call today to schedule an appointment at one of our clinic locations.
Applications for BOTOX®
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX® was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX® is used to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Crow's feet
- Skin bands on the neck
According to Allergan, BOTOX® has been "extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies."
Who is an Ideal Candidate for BOTOX®?
The ideal candidate for cosmetic BOTOX® has unwanted moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® can soften and minimize the appearance of these skin changes and restore a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Procedure & Results
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some providers choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
What are the Benefits of BOTOX® Injections?
BOTOX® is effective for reducing the appearance of unwanted fine lines and wrinkles involving the forehead, around the outer eyes, and skin bands involving the neck.
BOTOX® is also used for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating, chronic migraine headaches, bladder spasms, and movement disorders involving muscle spasticity.
What are the Side Effects of BOTOX®?
Injection-site side effects of BOTOX® are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:
Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving your injections.