What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is a purified protein found in nature. It is a neuromodulator. What that means is that Botox blocks the attachment of the neuro- transmitting chemicals that are released by nerves at the neuromuscular junction to make a muscle move. As a result, the impulse from the nerve to the muscle is blocked. The clinical result is a decrease in the movement of the muscle and that causes a decrease in the wrinkling of the skin overlying that muscle. Botox is not a filler, but is often used in conjunction with fillers to reshape the face. Botox relaxes and fillers fill. This is an important difference.

Where is BOTOX used?

Botox is FDA approved for treatment of frown (glabellar) lines between the brows. Being FDA approved means Botox has been studied and found to be both safe as well as effective. Dermatologists often use Botox for other "off-label" uses as well. Botox improves not just frown lines, but also crow's feet and forehead lines.

Botox can be used to achieve a chemical, non-surgical brow lift when certain muscles are injected. Botox can improve jaw line definition when injected into a neck muscle called the platysma. Botox can also be safely used to decrease excessive sweating of the hands or under the arms from medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, or cosmetically for special, but stressful, situations like weddings.

Who can get BOTOX?

Botox is commonly used in a wide age range of patients: from 18-65. Patients over 65 can use Botox, but loose skin overlying the muscles make the improvement less dramatic. Botox effects usually last 4 months, but over time a cumulative benefit can be seen in younger patients.