BOTOX® is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. The injections treat moderate-to-severe facial lines and wrinkles that are formed by continual muscle contraction. Treatment with BOTOX® is the most popular physician-performed nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.

According to its manufacturer, Allergan, Inc., “BOTOX® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product that temporarily improves the appearance of both moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows and moderate-to-severe crow’s feet in adults.”

Properly placed injections of BOTOX, which contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract.

Results from BOTOX® injections are apparent within 24 to 48 hours and have their maximum impact by 30 days. Results often last between three and four months.

Side effects are usually mild and temporary. Possible injection-site side effects include pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising.

Cosmetic side effects from BOTOX depend on where the injections are given and can include eyelid drooping and swelling.

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