BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).

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Botox® works by relaxing the muscles on the face that cause wrinkles. When we express ourselves, such as talking and smiling we constantly use our facial muscles which causes lines and wrinkles on the face. Over the years these lines and wrinkles can become deeper and more prominent. This is especially the case in people who are very expressive when they talk, who may frown at times of stress or squint to avoid the sun. When Botox® is injected into the face, the skin overlying the muscle appears smoother giving a more youthful appearance. The commonest areas where wrinkles are formed are in the frown area, on the forehead and the crow's feet.

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Botox® is not a permanent treatment and its effects wear off with time. The treatment can be repeated every 3 months although sometimes the effects can last longer in those people who have regular treatment. This is because with regular Botox® treatments you can break the unconscious habit of forming excessive expressions such as frowning. Botox® treatments are also used as a preventative treatment to prevent the formation of future wrinkles.

Before the injections are given the skin is cleaned with an antiseptic. The treatment itself is quick and painless. Botox® is injected with a tiny needle which feels like a very small pin prick. Pain relief is not required, however if requested a numbing cream can be applied before the procedure. The whole treatment takes around 5 to 10 minutes to complete and after the treatment you can drive or head back to work immediately, no recovery period is needed. It is an extremely safe procedure with very few risks involved. It can take between 4 to 7 days for the treatment to work and the effects last for an average of 3 months.

Frown Lines- Reducing the appearance of frown lines is one of the most common reasons people choose to have Botox®. Frown lines are seen as vertical lines in between the eyebrows and are common in people who frown a lot or have been overexposed to the sun. To treat these lines, usually five small injections are given in between the brow - one in the middle of the brow and two on either side of the of each brow muscle.

Brow Lift with Botox®- Botox® can also be used to achieve an eyebrow raise or "Chemical Brow Lift". Carefully placed injections around the brow can raise the eyebrows by about 3 millimeters. This can open up the eyes and in women give a more feminine and youthful appearance.

Forehead Wrinkles- Forehead wrinkles appear as horizontal lines on the forehead which are more prominent when we raise our eyebrows. These can be treated with between five and ten small injections across the forehead. To successfully treat the lower part of the forehead, frown area treatment may also be recommended.

Crow's Feet- Crow's feet are situated in the outer corner of the eyes. They appear more prominent when smiling or laughing. They occur as the skin becomes less elastic with age combined with excessive sun exposure. Three small injections at either side of the eyes are usually very effective in treating crow's feet wrinkles.

Smoker's Lines- Smoker's lines appear around the mouth above the top lip. They can occur in non smokers, but can appear more prominent in smokers. Just two to four injections placed around above the top lip can be all that is needed to reduce their appearance.