Botox injections performed in one short doctor’s office visit often produce immediate and dramatic improvements in facial wrinkles that last for up to six months, but the injections may cause bruising or bleeding, and the results are temporary, explains Everyday Health. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Botox for the treatment of frown lines and crow’s feet, and although the Botox has caused deaths, all of them were due to overdose unrelated to cosmetic use.
Botox treatment does not require time away from work or other activities, and most people who undergo treatment are satisfied with their results, notes Everyday Health. Avoiding ibuprofen and aspirin in the week prior to Botox treatment can minimize bleeding and bruising at the injection site. People considering Botox treatment should seek out a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience providing Botox treatment. It’s also important to confirm the authenticity of the Botox drug by verifying that the Allergan company hologram is on the vial and the Allergan name is on the cap.
Botox’s anti-aging results come from a small amount of neurotoxin in each injection, which is produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. When injected into the face, the neurotoxin stops the muscles under the skin from moving, preventing skin creasing and smoothing wrinkles.