Botulinum Toxin

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can help reduce facial wrinkles. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about the procedure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Botulinum toxin is a product used to reduce or get rid of wrinkles. Small amounts of it are injected into specific muscles in the face. This relaxes the muscles, which smoothes wrinkles.

Frown lines, forehead lines and crows feet are the most commonly treated areas.

People with dynamic wrinkles, ones that are seen when muscles contract to make expressions, usually see the most improvement with treatment. People with static wrinkles, or wrinkles that are seen when the face is relaxed, also have improvement, but the results are slower.

It takes about two weeks to see the botulinum toxins full effects. Results last three to four months.

You should not take aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen for two weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising. Be sure to tell your doctor about any herbs or dietary supplements you are taking, as these may increase the risk of bruising.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not get treatment. Side effects are rare, but can include drooping of the upper eyelid or eyebrow.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.