Many are turning to Botox to reduce forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Simple and nonsurgical, the treatment is administered by a trained physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner in patients ranging in age from 18 to 65. Botox decreases the movement of the muscles in these trouble areas, temporarily smoothing them for up to four months. Approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox consists of a few small injections of the purified protein into the muscles to temporarily reduce the lines. The procedure is minimally invasive, requires no recovery time and can be completed in about 10 minutes. Since results are temporary, many patients choose to begin a treatment schedule to maintain results.
Although side effects are generally minimal, they can include temporary drooping of the eyelid, nausea, headache, and respiratory infection.