BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, nonsurgical physician and nurse administrated treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. It is the only treatment of this type approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
RESTYLANE was approved by the FDA in December 2003 for use as an injection to help correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and faults, including the lines between the nose and the mouth of a person.
Frequently Asked Questions about Botox:
The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time.
Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows. When those muscles contract, they draw the brows together. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those moderate to severe lines between the brows.
It is a purified protein administered in a simple nonsurgical procedure that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people aged 18 to 65. During treatment, very low doses of Botox® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines between the brows.
Frown lines are caused by overactive facial muscles. Fillers mask the wrinkle by adding volume around the muscle with intradermal injections. Botox® Cosmetic is the only product of its type that affects the muscles that cause these wrinkles.
According to a recent survey of 204 dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Botox® Cosmetic has the highest satisfaction rating of all physician-administered treatments in 2003 and 2004.* And for the past 3 years, Botox® Cosmetic was the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States (surgical and nonsurgical combined).†
Only licensed and trained healthcare professionals have the experience necessary to administer Botox® Cosmetic. Allergan, Inc., the maker of Botox® Cosmetic, is the only source of healthcare professionals to purchase the product, and each label has the “Allergan” hologram.
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You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.
Botox® Cosmetic treatment is quick and minimally invasive. Your doctor makes a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows.
Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. No anesthesia is required, although he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief – most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately.
Visible results can last up to 4 months.
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Patients with certain neurological disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Serious allergic reactions have been rarely reported. If you think you are having an allergic reaction or other unusual symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately. The most common side effects following injection include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. As your physician if you have any unanswered questions.
Restylane® is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies have shown that Restylane® effects generally last for about six months! Restylane® stabilization technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.
Restylane® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your physician. He/She may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.
Restylane® is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may anesthetize the treatment area.
Restylane® is a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of Restylane® is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. Because Restylane® is long lasting, it proves to be very economical over the long term.
After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold outdoors activities should be avoided until any redness or swelling disappear. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18, you should not use Restylane.