Botulinum Toxin FAQs

Botulinum Toxin FAQs

What Happens during this procedure?

A: Your provider injects very small amounts of purified botulinum toxin. 

When treating fine lines and wrinkles, the provider injects botulinum toxin into targeted muscles on the face or neck. This temporarily relaxes the targeted muscles, causing fine lines and wrinkles to diminish. The effect lasts about 3 to 4 months, and sometimes longer.

When treating excessive sweating, a provider injects directly into the skin on the underarm. A single treatment can provide up to 6 months of relief from excessive sweating. 


Will I lack facial expressions after treatment?

A: Injector specialists want their patients to look natural. To do this, they inject just enough to weaken and relax the targeted muscles without affecting other muscles. This allows patients to maintain their natural facial expressions.


Will I lose my sense of feeling where I have the injections?

A: No. This treatment does not affect your ability to feel. 


When is it safe to have another treatment?

A: You can have another treatment when the excessive sweating or lines and wrinkles return. With repeat treatment for lines and wrinkles, the muscle may thin, leading to longer-lasting results.


Is there downtime? 

A: Most people return to the everyday activities immediately. As soon as you leave the treatment room, you can apply makeup.


What are the possible side effects?

A: If a patient develops side effects, these tend to be mild and temporary. The injections, rather than the botulinum toxin itself, cause most mild side effects. For example, a patient may occasionally bruise. If this happens, the bruising lasts about 1 week. After receiving injections, people have experienced:

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Soreness

  • Bruising

  • Mild headache (uncommon)

  • Weakness in a neighboring muscle, leading to a temporarily droopy brow or eyelid (rare)

  • Signs and symptoms of botulism, including problems breathing, swallowing, or speaking (very rare)


What is the safety record for this procedure? 

A: More than 20 years ago, a dermatologist and his wife, an ophthalmologist, began using botulinum toxin therapy to treat signs of aging. Today, medical professionals inject millions of patients each year.

When used by a medical professional to treat signs of aging or excessive sweating, no serious side effects like problems breathing or swallowing have ever been reported.

Doctors, nurses, and PAs continue to make patient safety their No. 1 priority. Dermatologists continue to make new research breakthroughs in the use of botulinum toxin therapy.


Information source: American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD)


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