B. Toxin Injection
Botulinum toxin (B. 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 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 B. 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 B. Toxin type A develop antibodies to the toxin that make subsequent treatments ineffective. It should not be injected during pregnancy or if breast feeding because of lack of research.
Along with its intended effects, B. 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.