Botulinum toxin, often known as Botox or Xeomin, is a prescription drug that is used to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin injections are the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure available. In fact, last year, Americans underwent more than seven million botulinum toxin treatments.
What Does Botulinum Toxin Do?
Botulinum toxin injections are primarily used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles, preventing them from contracting. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Botulinum toxin is most useful in treating:
- Frown lines between your eyebrows
- Crow’s feet, which are the lines that extend from the corners of your eyes
- Forehead furrows
How Is A Botulinum Toxin Injection Performed?
Administering botulinum toxin injections takes just a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. Our aesthetic nurses use a tiny needle to inject a small dose of botulinum toxin into your specific facial muscles.
Results usually take a few days to appear and will last anywhere from three to six months. Maintenance injections are needed if you wish to continue treatment beyond the initial dose.
There is no downtime with botulinum toxin injections.
Call San Diego ENT at (858) 926-7010 for more information or to schedule an appointment.