Botulinum toxin is a facial injection treatment that improves the appearance of wrinkles, with minimal to no down time.Results can be seen 24 to 48 hours from the time it is injected and last anywhere from 3-6 months.This FDA-approved product temporarily relaxes the muscles to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. It is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.
Injections with botulinum toxin are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. In rare cases, an individual may have a genetic predisposition that results in a mild, transient unusual response to the drug.
Around 1 percent of people receiving injections of botulinum toxin type A develop antibodies to the toxin that make subsequent treatments ineffective. It should not be injected during the pregnancy and breast feed because of lack research support.
Along with its intended effects, botulinum toxin may cause some unwanted effects. These can include:
- Mild pain, local edema (fluid buildup) and/or erythema (reddening of the skin) at the injection site.
- Malaise – feeling generally unwell.
- Flu-like illness.
- Blurred vision.
- Decreased eyesight.