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Questions About BOTOX

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is an acronym for botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. As administered by a qualified plastic surgeon, it can reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles.

What can BOTOX® effectively treat?

BOTOX® can often successfully treat:

  • Forehead lines
  • Lines between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet
  • “Bunny lines” on the sides of the nose
  • “Lipstick lines” around the mouth
  • Neck banding

Where is BOTOX® placed?

BOTOX® is injected into the muscle below the affected area.

How does BOTOX® work?

BOTOX® inhibits muscle contraction by temporarily paralyzing the nerve fibers that generate muscle activity. Limiting the contraction of these muscles helps smooth out wrinkles.

How long before I notice results?

The desired effects of BOTOX® typically appear within three to 10 days.

How long will I see results?

The treatment lasts approximately three to five months before the muscles regain action. Repeat treatments can maintain your results. Without follow-up treatments, your lines will gradually return.

Is BOTOX® safe?

BOTOX® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cosmetic treatment of forehead lines in 2002. The BOTOX® solution itself is purified. There are, however, some rare but serious side effects associated with BOTOX®.

What are the side effects of BOTOX®?

In rare cases, BOTOX® can cause allergic reactions. Get medical help immediately if you feel dizzy, experience asthma-like symptoms or have problems breathing, swallowing or speaking. Although the BOTOX® solution is purified, the botulinum toxin has in some instances spread from the injection site and caused the symptoms of botulism; if you experience muscle weakness, vision problems, hoarseness, loss of bladder control or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

Other side effects may include:

    • Dry mouth
    • Droopy eyelids
    • Discomfort at injection site
    • Drowsiness
    • Headache
    • Neck pain
    • Vision problem

The possible risks and side effects of BOTOX® will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.

Is BOTOX® effective for both women and men?

Yes, both men and women have achieved results with BOTOX®.

How long does BOTOX® treatment take?

About 10 minutes.

Is BOTOX® treatment painful?

BOTOX® is injected with a small needle that many patients do not feel; others may experience minor, temporary discomfort at the injection site.

Will BOTOX® interfere with my facial expressions?

Although the results of diminished frown lines will be noticeable, BOTOX® will not dramatically alter your facial appearance.

Am I a candidate for BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is not suitable for everyone. A consultation with Florida plastic surgeon and BOTOX® provider Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso will determine if BOTOX® is right for you. Currently, BOTOX® is not approved for children, and pregnant women should avoid its use. BOTOX® must be used with extreme caution in those suffering from muscular diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) or neuromuscular disorders.

If you live in the Tampa, Clearwater or St. Petersburg, Florida, areas and would like to learn more about BOTOX®, please contact board-certified Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso at Gayoso Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.