Botox is used for the correction and prevention of mild to moderate facial wrinkling and lines. It causes a temporary reduction in the activity of the facial muscles where it is injected. This smooths away existing wrinkles and prevents new wrinkles from forming. Botox is used primarily in two parts of the face: The forehead and the area next to the eyes. The vertical lines that develop in between the eyebrows and the horizontal lines that can develop on the forehead are both easily treated with Botox. The crow's feet lines that fan out from the sides of both eyes are also easily resolved and prevented with Botox.
Botox is also known as botulinum toxin type A. It is derived from the same bacteria that can cause botulism. However, Botox is used in such small quantities and is injected so precisely that the effects are only positive ones. The use of Botox for facial wrinkles has been approved by the FDA, and it has been used successfully for this purpose for more than 20 years.
Botox treatment takes only minutes. Most appointments will last no longer than 30 minutes to one hour, and the actual injections will take a couple of minutes in most cases. The length of the treatment can vary according to the number of areas being treated and a number of units required, but patients can typically expect to be in and out of the office very quickly.