Imperfections due to muscle movement can add to the formation and appearance of fine lines. This issue is usually addressed by treating certain muscles with a form of FDA-approved botulin toxin to temporarily prevent a full range of movement. By inhibiting motion to an area, the surface of the skin is allowed to rest, which can slow the rate of creasing due to repetitive muscle movement.
Treatment options that address muscle movement and laxity are generally injectable toxins such as Botox® or Xeomin®.
What is BOTOX and how does it work?
BOTOX Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected into certain muscles to temporarily improve the look of both moderate lines and and wrinkles. BOTOX Cosmetic contains tiny amounts of highly purified botulinum toxin protein, which is refined from Clostridium botulinum.
BOTOX Cosmetic targets repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting by temporarily reducing muscle movement.
Is BOTOX safe?
BOTOX Cosmetic is one of the most popular and well-studied aesthetic treatments of severe frown lines and crows feet.
BOTOX Cosmetic is FDA-approved, and is also approved for use in 78 countries worldwide. Since 2002, over 10.9 million vials of BOTOX have been sold in the United States, making BOTOX Cosmetic the #1 product of it’s kind in the world.*
What are results like with BOTOX?
When performed by a master injector, such as Dr. Anita Dormer, BOTOX Cosmetic results look natural. Dr. Dormer has been providing BOTOX Cosmetic treatments to patients since XXXX, and performs BOTOX Cosmetic treatments regularly. In fact, BOTOX Cosmetic is one of Dr. Dormer’s most requested procedures.
Does BOTOX hurt?
Most patients find that BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are quick, with minimal discomfort. However, if you are nervous about treatment, we provide free topical numbing by request prior to treatment.
When will I see results?
Results from BOTOX Cosmetic can be seen in as little as 24 to 48 hours, post-treatment. The full effect of treatment can be assessed in about 7 to 10 days post-treatment.
Is a follow-up visit required?
Dr. Dormer offers all of her patients receiving BOTOX Cosmetic a free follow-up visit to assess treatment. We advise patients to schedule their follow-up visit about 10 to 14 days, post-treatment.
To book an appointment or consultation, call 212.535.5905.
For more information regarding BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic please review the Important Safety Information (ISI), located below.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (ISI)
BOTOX Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX Cosmetic:
Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months
Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities
The dose of BOTOX Cosmetic is not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, or both at the same time.
Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Who should not take Botox?
Do not take BOTOX Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX Cosmetic.
What should I tell my Doctor prior to receiving Botox?
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed (it is not known if BOTOX Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX Cosmetic in the past.
Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin, such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.
Are there any other side effects of Botox?
Other side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes.
BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic are registered trademarks of Allergan, Inc. XEOMIN is a registered trademark of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA. DYSPORT is a registered trademark of Ipsen Biopharm Ltd. MYBLOC is a registered trademark of Solstice Neurosciences, Inc. Important Safety Information (ISI) provided by Allergan, 2015.