Some facial lines and creases called dynamic wrinkles form as a result of facial expressions like frowning or smiling. During a facial expression, nerve signals between the facial muscles and the brain “tell” the muscles to contract, resulting in pulling and tugging on the overlying skin and causing wrinkles to form. BOTOX® injections work by blocking these nerve signals so muscle contractions are prevented or reduced and creases can’t form.
No, BOTOX® is only used to treat dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of repeated facial movements. Wrinkles that form as a result of sun damage, genetics, age-related changes and similar factors (called static wrinkles) require other treatment methods like laser genesis, cosmetic fillers, chemical peels or dermabrasion. BOTOX® is primarily used to treat wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including forehead lines, frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet, and it may also be used to treat some wrinkles around the mouth and lips.
The effects of BOTOX® injections last about four to six months after which they can be repeated. Repeated treatments can soften wrinkles over time, enabling some patients to wait longer between treatment sessions.
BOTOX® injections block the nerve signals associated with chronic migraine headaches. BOTOX® treatment for migraines uses a series of multiple injections at several specific points around the head and neck areas, resulting in a significant decrease in pain as well as a decrease in the frequency of debilitating migraine headaches. BOTOX® is the only FDA-approved treatment for the prevention of chronic migraine headaches.
The duration of the injections’ effects can vary from one patient to another, but most patients benefit from having repeat treatments performed about every 12 weeks to help keep migraine headaches at bay and to reduce the painful effects of headaches that do occur.
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