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BOTOX is a drug made from botulinum toxin that is used to cosmetically remove wrinkles and treat some muscle conditions by temporarily paralyzing a person’s facial muscles. While it is mostly known for wrinkle removal, BOTOX is also used to treat blepharospasm, strabismus, severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms, and similar conditions.

How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?

BOTOX injection sessions normally only take about 10-20 minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising. Once it takes effect, wrinkles are softened and, in some cases, eliminated, giving your face a more youthful look. After they wear off, you can get another treatment.

While there are no strict guidelines for how much BOTOX is too much to have injected each session, you don’t want so much that your face looks frozen or fixed.

BOTOX should be administered by an experienced physician, and you don’t need to see the same doctor every time you get the treatment.The most common side effects of BOTOX are bruising, redness, swelling, and slight asymmetries (one side of the face looking a little different from the other). The worst risks of BOTOX are eyebrow or eyelid droop, but because of the temporary nature of BOTOX, even the side effects are temporary.