Because of its many benefits, Botox has been used by 11 million patients, both women and men. The real and noticeable results of Botox without surgery or recovery time make this cosmetic injection a popular choice by patients and doctors. Botox was approved by the FDA during the late 1980s when it was found to stop such ailments such as lazy eye and uncontrolled blinking. It has been used by doctors for many years in treating wrinkles and creases in the face and today is most often used for frown lines, lines surrounding the eye and forehead lines.

Botox is a prescription medication injected into the muscles to improve someone’s look short a short time period. A healthcare professional administers this medicine as an easy, nonsurgical treatment. It works by blocking impulses from the muscles that have been injected; which in turn reduces activity within the muscles that causes lines to form. A Botox injection only takes a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. It is injected with a very small needle into specified muscles with very little discomfort. It typically takes three to seven days for the injections to take its full effect. These effects usually last between four and six months

Botox treatments are not permanent, lasting between three and four months. Depending on a patient’s expectations, it is often recommended to combine Botox injections with other treatments such as peels, abrasions, laser treatments and fillers. The most common side effect seen from Botox is temporary bruising. Headaches sometimes occur, but are rare and are gone within 48 hours. A small percentage of recipients develop drooping in the eyelid, but this resolves within just three weeks.

The cost of a Botox injection is determined by the amount that is injected with this amount determined by the muscle action heaviness and the areas that are to be treated. The average cost ranges between $375 and $525 with the cost varying from one place to another and from one city to another. Cost also depends on the experience and qualifications of the surgeon providing the treatment.