BOTOX Cosmetic

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX Cosmetic LogoIt is a purified protein administered in a simple, nonsurgical procedure that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people aged 18 to 65.

How can I be sure I’m getting real BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Only licensed and trained healthcare professionals have the experience necessary to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic. Allergan, Inc., the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic, is the only source for healthcare professionals to purchase the product, and each label has the “Allergan” hologram.

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How long has BOTOX® been used?

BOTOX® has been used therapeutically for over 15 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries. BOTOX® for therapeutic use remains one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. The same product with dosing specific to glabellar lines was approved in 2002 as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers?

Frown lines are caused by overactive facial muscles. Fillers correct the wrinkle by adding volume around the muscle with intradermal injections. BOTOX® Cosmetic is intramuscularly blocking the chemicals that cause facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. While there are many options available for fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only product of its type that affects the muscles that cause wrinkles between the brows.

Have patients been happy with their results?

According to a recent survey of 204 dermatologists and plastic surgeons, BOTOX® Cosmetic has the highest satisfaction rating of all physician-administered treatments in 2003 and 2004.*

And for the past 3 years, BOTOX® Cosmetic was the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States (surgical and nonsurgical combined), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery also estimates that almost 3 million people were treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic in 2004 alone.

What is the BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure like?

It’s a simple, 10-minute treatment consisting of a few tiny injections. You may resume normal activity immediately. The doctor decides exactly where to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic for the best results.

Is the procedure painful?

It causes little discomfort; most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. Overall, the discomfort is minimal and temporary.

When will I start to see results?

You should start to see a visible improvement in the area between your brows within a few days. The area may continue to improve for up to a week.

How long will the results last?

When administered properly, the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment can last up to 4 months.

How will BOTOX® Cosmetic affect my facial expressions?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected in small doses directly into the muscles that cause those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows to form, allowing that area to smooth out. It won’t affect your ability to laugh, smile, or otherwise express yourself.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic expensive?

It is the least costly facial aesthetic procedure performed in the United States.

How can I find more information?

You can visit the Web site at

Important Safety Information

Patients with certain neurological disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Serious allergic reactions have been rarely reported. If you think you’re having an allergic reaction such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, or other unusual symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

The most common side effects following injection include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea.