The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
In a dermatologist's, cosmetic physician's or doctor's office, a small diluted amount of the botulinum toxin is injected through an ultra fine needle into the specific muscles surrounding the area to be treated. There may be minor discomfort associated with needles; however, most patients report that other than slight pricking sensation, Botox injections are painless.
Recovery time: Immediately.