A purified protein, BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered in a simple, nonsurgical procedure that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.
BOTOX® has been used therapeutically for years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries. The same formulation with dosing specific to moderate to severe frown lines was approved in 2002 as BOTOX® Cosmetic. Because frown lines are caused by overactive muscles beneath the skin, they can usually be treated by administering very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic directly into the muscles with a few tiny injections.
Results may naturally vary from person to person, however, BOTOX® Cosmetic is shown to be effective in both women and men. Only small amounts of BOTOX® are injected into the muscles that cause frown lines to form. In a simple, 10-minute in-office procedure, BOTOX® is administered by an experienced physician. No anesthesia is required and most patients experience only minimal and brief discomfort.
Dr. Coates can numb the treatment areas with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting if a patient wishes. Patients should not lose the ability to laugh, smile, or otherwise show expression. Visible improvements in the treated areas may be seen within a few days. The area may continue to improve for up to a week. The most common side effects are headache, eyelid droop and nausea.
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