Botox is a prescription drug that weakens or paralyzes certain muscles or blocks certain nerves. These effects last three to twelve months depending on what you are using the Botox to treat. It is primarily used for temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles to improve appearance, misaligned eyes, cervical dystonia and chronic migraines.
Botox is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Common side effects include pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site. Patients have also experienced flu-like symptoms, headache and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause drooping eyelids. Botox is not recommended for anyone with an allergy to eggs, a neuromuscular disorder, or may be pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you or someone you know is considering a filler or injectable for the face, please contact out office at (717) 728-9700 to schedule a consultation.