BOTOX Cosmetic is an injectable agent used to temporarily diminish or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing underlying facial muscles. It is derived from botulinum toxin type A, a bacterium-produced neuromuscular toxin that can be deadly in a pure state. BOTOX Cosmetic contains a highly diluted form of the toxin and has been proven safe. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved BOTOX botulinum toxin treatment for alleviating eye-muscle disorders and smoothing frown lines. This exceptional treatment is often used in conjunction with facial plastic surgery procedures such as a face lift or eyelid lift to maximize its cosmetic benefit.
Injected into the skin, Botox works by blocking the release of the bodily chemical that leads to muscle contractions, literally smoothing over the physical elements responsible for wrinkles. This type of treatment differs from the use of filler products, which artificially reduce wrinkles by expanding the skin from beneath. Botox is normally used to treat wrinkles that form between the eyebrows, in the corners of the eyes and in the forehead, chin and neck areas. It has been proven to be especially effective in countering wrinkles produced by excessive facial movements and can even be used in preventing the development of lines.