BOTOX is a prescription medication that is short for Botulinum Toxin. When injected, BOTOX blocks targeted chemical signals from nerves in the muscles. These injections are widely used to treat a variety of both health and cosmetic concerns.
BOTOX is commonly used to relax facial muscles that may cause unwanted appearances such as wrinkles, lazy eye, crows feet, and frown lines. It may also be used to treat excessive perspiration in the underarms. BOTOX is used for medical treatment in symptoms such as headaches in adults and severe muscle stiffness.
These botulinum toxin injections are the most popular group of medications that work to temporarily paralyze activity within the muscle. Botox was the first drug known to utilize the botulinum toxin.
There is minimal discomfort with this procedure, and the number of injections is dependent upon the extent of the treated area. After the procedure, there is generally no recovery time and normal activities may resume with special care not to apply pressure to treated areas. Injections of the botulinum toxin typically begin to work within a few days after the initial treatment. Effects may last from 3 to 12 months, and regular follow-up injections are required to maintain the effects of the treatment.