BOTOX Injections

What is BOTOX ?

Botox is a substance produced by a bacteria called “Clostridium Botulinum”. It has been purified under very strict controlled conditions before being used as an injection.

What benefits can I expect from BOTOX treatments ?

Botox can decrease the strength of the facial muscles. By relaxing these muscles, Botox improves your frown lines, squint lines, nasal crunch lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles become less deep. Your muscle strength and action will be minimized.

Botox works on the muscles underneath the skin. Therefore, any fine creases found on the surface of the skin will not be changed. There are other methods which can be used to improve those creases such as injections or laser resurfacing.

Are there any patients who should not receive BOTOX ?

Botox should not be given to pregnant women, nursing mothers or people who have myasthenia gravis or muscle diseases.

Does the injection hurt?

Patients have stated that the injection felt like a very mild sting or pressure.

Are there any side effects?

Because of the tiny doses that are used for upper facial wrinkles, rare but possible side effects have been reported, such as temporary weakness (ptosis) of the upper eyelid, resistance, etc.

Does BOTOX interact with other drugs?

It is always important to let Dr. Fanous know if you are taking other drugs and specifically aminoglycoside antibiotics. These types of antibiotics may increase the effect of Botox.

How long does BOTOX take to work?

The effects are usually first noticed in 72 hours, but it may take up to 10 days to maximize the effect.

How long do the effects of BOTOX last?

Botox lasts from 4 to 8 months for upper facial wrinkling. Most patients get reinjected every five months..

Does it mean that I will need more injections?

Yes. Injections every five months are often common to maintain a benefit over a long period of time.