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The Real Story:
What causes frown lines between the brows?
The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle
movement and the passage of time. Two muscles are largely responsible for frown lines between the brows. When those
muscles contract they draw the brows together. As the skin becomes less elastic over time repeated frowning can
result in those moderate to severe lines between the brows.
Just what is BOTOX® Cosmetic? Is it FDA approved?
It is a purified protein administered in a simple non-surgical procedure
that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people aged 18
to 65. During treatment very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn
lines between the brows. 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® and Cosmetic and fillers?
Frown lines are caused by overactive facial muscles. Fillers mask
the wrinkle by adding volume around the muscle with intradermal injections. BOTOX® Cosmetic is intramuscular, 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 these
What are the common side effects?
The most common side effects following injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic include headache, respiratory
infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea.
Have patients been happy with their results?
According to a recent survey of 200 dermatologists and plastic surgeons,
BOTOX® Cosmetic has the highest
perceived patient 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 procedures were performed in 2004 alone.
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.
How soon will see a difference?
What kind of results can I expect? You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The
appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week. By day 30 in a patient clinical
study, 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better.
What is the treatment like?
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is quick and minimally invasive. Your doctor makes a Few tiny injections into
the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows.
Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve
the best results. No anesthesia is required, although he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or
anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Discomfort is minimal
and brief-most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately. Visible results can last up to 4 months. After
that, you may be ready to return for a follow-up treatment. Your own results may vary - be sure to talk to
your doctor about what you can expect.
How do I know if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for me?
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, you may be a candidate
for BOTOX® Cosmetic. You should
not be treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic if you have an infection at the proposed injection site. Patients with certain neurological disorders
such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. According
to a survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it's one of the least-costly facial aesthetic
procedures. And when you consider the difference it can make in the appearance of the moderate to severe frown
lines between your brows, you may find BOTOX® Cosmetic to be a great way to invest in yourself.
How can I find out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic?
The most comprehensive source of information is available by visiting
BotoxCosmetic.com. Here you can learn more about the procedure, see more before-and-after photographs, and hear
stories about patients' experiences with this treatment. Then talk to your doctor to find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
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 or other unusual symptoms, such as difficulty
swallowing, speaking or breathing, call your doctor immediately. The most common side effects following injection
include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop and nausea.
BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.