BOTOX® Cosmetic has been making headlines since it’s FDA approval for cosmetic rejuvenation in 2000. Performed by a certified plastic surgeon in as little as 30 minutes, BOTOX is the popular choice for the temporary reduction of facial lines and wrinkles. Here is some basic information you need to know before moving forward with this treatment.

BOTOX Basics

The patented BOTOX serum is a safe dose of a protein found in the neurotoxin Botulism A. The paralytic effect of this protein helps muscles to relax, counteracting the wrinkling that happens as a result of certain facial expressions. As an anti-aging solution that involves no incision and no long-term commitment, BOTOX delivers noticeable results. Maintaining your more youthful skin appearance involves a few short visits per year.

BOTOX can be used to treat:

  • Laugh lines
  • Frown lines
  • Brow furrows
  • Crow’s feet
  • Neck bands
  • Squint lines

The Procedure

A BOTOX session is quick and convenient, and patients love the fact that they can get right back to their day with no downtime. There may be a bit of slight discomfort during the injection, but the effects are extremely mild when compared with other surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options. Over the next several days, you will see a smoothing of the treatment area. Patients can expect the results to last around 3 months.


As with any cosmetic treatment, there are risks involved. Because BOTOX is a nonsurgical option, the risks of negative side effects are considerably less than other procedures. BOTOX patients may experience:

  • Minimal bruising
  • Temporary headaches
  • Injection site tenderness
  • Slight and temporary drooping of the eyelids or eyebrows

Your facial rejuvenation team will fill you in on all of the risks and benefits during an in-depth consultation. BOTOX is also a wonderful option for patients who want to enhance their facial plastic surgery procedures like face lift or eyelid lift.

Would you like to hear more about the multi-faceted benefits of BOTOX? Please contact Dr. Aycock today to set up your consultation and get information on patient financing.

—Lindsey Kesel, Cosmetic Surgery Consultant