Cosmetic Botox Treatment

Fillers and injectables such as botox and alternatives such as collagen fillers, radiesse injections, and hyaluronic acid, are treatments that can be very effective in reducing the signs of aging.

woman getting a cosmetic botox injection to eliminate wrinkles

Their popularity is definitely on the rise.

These types of treatment provide more significant and immediate anti-wrinkle benefits than the use of most wrinkle creams. In addition, they are not very intrusive and have few major side effects. Many individuals consider fillers and injectables a nice alternative anti-aging treatment when compared to the more drastic procedures such as surgical facelifts.

There are a variety of different filler and injectable treatments available. The most common one that many people have heard about is botox. There are also alternatives, which are discussed in the injectable alternatives page.

All the cosmetic botox injectable treatments do have some things in common, such as:

  • generally used by individuals in the 35 to 60 year old range
  • procedures are usually performed in the plastic surgeons office
  • local anesthia or numbing creams are all that is required for pain control during treatment
  • improvements in alleviating the signs of skin aging are rarely 100% (usually around 80%)
  • visible results are partially evident immediately after the procedure is performed and fully evident within a week
  • more than one session may be required to get satisfactory results
  • fillers and injectables in most cases are not sufficient to make severe surface wrinkles or deep folds disappear
  • treatments are not permanent, because the injected substance gets broken down and absorbed by the body over time; additional treatments will be necessary to maintain the benefits
  • swelling and redness are common side effects from these types of procedures; the presence of these symptoms and other side effects beyond a few days should be reported to the physician; infection, abscess and scarring may also occur, but are rare
  • cosmetic injectables may be used in combination to tackle specific aging skin problems or to increase the time that the treatments remain effective

Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) is the toxin that is released from the bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning. However, while it can cause significant health problems as food poisoning, it cannot be contracted from cosmetic treatments.

The purified version is injected in tiny amounts to the target facial muscle, blocking the nerve impulses and causing the muscles to become paralysed. As a result, when the individual squints or frowns there are no wrinkle lines that form.

This treatment is used to treat frown lines, deep forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and general facial wrinkles. It can also be used for diminishing wrinkles on the chest, lessening the appearance of neck cords and to minimize some skin sagging in the facial area.

Each treatment session can take from a few minutes to around 30 minutes, depending on the extent of the treatment. Results last for about 3 to 6 months.

Side effects can include temporary headache and nausea, numbness and temporary weakness of neighbouring muscles, drooping of the upper eyelids, swelling, bruising and burning feeling at the injection point.

This cosmetic injectable has also been used for temporary relief for ocular muscle spasms, problems with eye coordination, migraine headaches, and excessive perspiration of the armpits, feet and hands.


Healthy Skin Portal is a leading resource for dermal fillers and injectables. Find out more about what BOTOX Cosmetic can do for you or schedule an appointment with a skin care clinic in your area.



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