Botulinum Tox A (Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®)
A safe and effective non-surgical procedure used to treat wrinkles produced by facial expression. The #1 requested non-surgical aesthetic procedure worldwide.
What You Can Expect
During the procedure
A practitioner uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of Botulinum Toxin A (Botox® or Dysport®) into specific muscles. By carefully choosing the muscles to treat, the practitioner weakens only the wrinkle-producing muscles to try and preserve your natural facial expressions.
The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including your facial features, the extent of the wrinkling and the specific area being treated. For example, crow’s-feet usually require two to three injections. Furrows in your forehead could take five or more injections.
Botulinum Toxin injections take about 10 to 15 minutes and are usually done in a practitioner’s office. You may experience mild pain with the injections, but most people find the discomfort tolerable. The procedure requires no anesthesia.
After the procedure
Botulinum injections require no downtime. Expect to resume your normal daily activities immediately. You may have headaches for a few hours after the treatment. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area of your face. If this occurs, temporary facial weakness or drooping is possible.
How you prepare
- Your medical history and physical exam. Your practitioner asks questions about conditions you have or have had and conducts a physical exam.
- Medication use. Your practitioner asks about medication use. You may need to stop using certain medications before your Botox® procedure. These include blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, warfarin (Coumadin) or heparin. Talk to your practitioner before stopping these medications, as it may be best to continue these medications in people who have had blood clots, stroke, heart attack, angina or transient ischemic attacks.
- A discussion of your expectations. You and your practitioner talk about your motivations and expectations. He or she explains what Botox® can and can’t do for you and what your results might be.