Over six million Botulinum toxin type A treatments have been injected annually since 2012. Most commonly used to treat the muscles between the eyebrows, the forehead, and the “crow’s feet” areas adjacent to the eyes, Botox diminishes lines in these and other places on the face and neck. Results typically last 3–4 months, sometimes longer*.
Botox injections target the junctions between the nerves and the muscles. When these muscles relax, wrinkles are reduced.
Miami cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Mariano Busso is a leading expert in the field of injectable cosmetic medicine. He has personally administered thousands of Botox injections to satisfied patients.
How much Botox Do I Need?
Dr. Busso: My goal is to help you look natural. I inject only enough Botox to weaken and relax the targeted muscles without affecting other muscles. This prevents interference with natural facial expressions.
Will I lose sensation near the injection sites?
Dr. Busso: Botox affects motor nerves but not sensation; it does not cause numbness.
When is it safe to have another treatment?
Dr. Busso: Request another treatment when lines and wrinkles return
Is downtime required after a Botox injection?
Dr. Busso: Most people return to their daily routines immediately after treatment. Botox injections typically do not require recovery time*.
What must I do after a Botox procedure?
Dr. Busso: Take these simple precautions to prevent the injected substance from spreading to unwanted areas:
- Do not rub or massage the areas where you received the injections.
- Do not to press or rub cosmetics into the injection site areas.
- Wait at least two hours before engaging in strenuous physical activity that raises your heart rate.
Does Botox have any side effects?
Dr. Busso: Side effects, when they occur at all, tend to be temporary and mild. The injections, rather than the Botox, cause most of them. If swelling or bruising occurs, symptoms usually disappear within a week. Call my office if you experience any discomfort or have any concerns.
After receiving injections, people have experienced:
- Mild headache (this symptom is uncommon).
- Weakness in a neighboring muscle, leading to a temporarily droopy brow or eyelid (rare).
- Symptoms of botulism poisoning, including problems breathing, swallowing, or speaking (extremely rare).
How safe is Botox?
Dr. Busso: Botulinum toxin therapy was first used to treat signs of aging more than two decades ago. Today, medical professionals administer over 12 million Botox treatments every year. No serious side effects have ever been reported. Botox, when properly administered by a trained, licensed professional is safe and effective. And clinical researchers continue to discover new applications for botulinum toxin therapy.
I see Botox available online. Is this safe? Is this real Botox?
Dr. Busso: Buying botulinum toxin online is dangerous. Botox is a prescription medication that can be purchased only by licensed physicians. If the seller does not request proof of a medical license, the product is not what dermatologists use.
Injecting your own “black market Botox” can cause serious complications. Long-term muscle paralysis, Bell’s palsy, and permanent eye damage have been reported. As with any medical procedure, treatment should be administered in a sterile, professional environment by an experienced, licensed professional. Dermatologists know where and where not to inject, and how to deliver the correct dose for your particular needs.
Where can I get more information about Botox Cosmetic treatments?
Dr. Busso: Learn more about Botox on our website at http://www.drbusso.com/botox or book a consultation online. My staff and I are happy to answer questions and help determine if Botox is right for you.