Do you look tired, sad, or angry even when you feel well? Botox® is an injectable
medication FDA approved for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows
in adults younger than 65 years of age. Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses to
injected muscle, temporarily stopping the ability to frown or wrinkle. Good results can
also be obtained for crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles. Over time, sun damage and constant
wrinkling or furrowing may cause creases in the skin itself. While these wrinkles may
improve with Botox® injection, use of a skin filler may be required for additional correction.
Many younger women have Botox® to prevent this condition. Over 2.4million Botox®
injections were performed in 2008. Injection of Botox® is done with a tiny needle,
has no downtime and onset of action begins at approximately 3-5 days after injection.
Muscle activity returns at approximately 3 months. Anecdotally, some Botox® users
also report improvement in their headaches after injection. This indication is currently under study.