BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic

A million people have been treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic since its FDA approval in 2002.

In fact, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only FDA-approved treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in patients 18 to 65 years of age. Isn’t it time you considered it too?

Proven. Simple. Effective.

Ten minutes — a few tiny injections — and within days there’s a noticeable improvement. There’s no recovery or downtime. You can even receive BOTOX® Cosmetic tretament on your lunch break. And results last up to four months. Individual results may vary.

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Read on to find out how some physicians answer some of their patients’ commonly asked questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic. Then talk to one of our physicians to decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

  1. What causes frown lines between the brows? How does BOTOX® Cosmetic help?
  2. Just what is BOTOX® Cosmetic? Is it FDA approved?
  3. What is the treatment like? Where can I have it done?
  4. How soon will I see a difference? What kind of results can I expect?
  5. How soon will I need a second treatment? What happens if I decide not to continue?
  6. How does BOTOX® Cosmetic compare to other options?
  7. What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers?
  8. What are the common side effects?
  9. Have patients been happy with their results?
  10. How can I be sure I’m getting real BOTOX® Cosmetic?
  11. How can I find out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic?
  12. How do I know if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for me?

Important Safety Information

Patients with certain neurological disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Serious allergic reactions have been rarely reported. If you think you’re having an allergic reaction or other unusual symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately. The most common side effects following injection include headache, respiratory infection, Flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Ask your physician if you have any unanswered questions.

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What causes frown lines between the brows? How does BOTOX® Cosmetic help?

The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time.

Two muscles are largely responsibe for frown lines between the brows. When those muscles contract, they draw the brows together. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning can result in those moderate to severe lines between your brows.

BOTOX® Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those muscles. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out, and the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows begin to fade.

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Just what is BOTOX® Cosmetic? Is it FDA approved?

8BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in patients 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that causes those stubborn lines between the brows.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only treatment of its type approved by the FDA for this use. The treatment is minimally invasive and nonsurgical. It requires no recovery time and causes little discomfort.

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What is the treatment like? Where can I have it done?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive treatment. Your doctor makes a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows.

Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. No anesthesia is required, although he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes approximately ten minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief — most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately.

Any authorized healthcare professional can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic, but dermatologists, plastic surgeons, opthalmologists, otolaryngologists, or other cosmetic physicians are generally more experienced. Your physician can help you decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

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How soon will I see a difference? What kind of results can I expect?

You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.

By day 30 in a patient clinical study, 89% of the patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better.

Visible results can last up to four months. After that, you may be ready to return for a follow-up treatment.

Patients with neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea.

Other side effects include pain and redness where the medicine is injected, pain in the face, and muscle weakness. These effects generally occur within the first week and usually go away on their own. Your own results may vary — be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can expect.

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How soon will I need a second treatment? What happens if I decide not to continue?

The effects of each treatment can last up to four months — be sure to schedule your follow-up treatments in advance.

If you decide not to continue with BOTOX® Cosmetic the area between your brows will eventually go back to its pretreatment appearance.

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How does BOTOX® Cosmetic compare to other options?

Compared to other aesthetic treatment options, BOTOX® Cosmetic is relatively inexpensive. According to a survey by the American Society for Aethetic Plastic Surgery, it’s one of the least costly facial aesthetic procedures. And when you consider the difference it can make in the appearance of the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, you may find BOTOX® Cosmetic to be a great way to invest in yourself.

BOTOX® Cosmetic treats the cause of these frown lines between the brows by redusing the muscle contractions that cause the lines to form over time. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only treatment of its type approved by the FDA for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

If you’re looking for something for that area between your brows, be sure to talk to your doctor about BOTOX® Cosmetic.

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What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers?

Frown lines are caused by oversactive facial muscles. Fillers mask the wrinkle by adding volume around the muscle with intradermal injections. BOTOX® Cosmetic is intramuscular, blocking the chemicals that cause facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. While there are many options available for fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only product of its type that affects the muscles that cause these wrinkles.

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What are the common side effects?

The most common side effects following injection include headache, respiratory infection, Flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea.

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Have patients been happy with their results?

According to a recent survey of 200 dermatologists and plastic surgeons, BOTOX® Cosmetic has the highest perceived patient satisfaction rating of all physician-administered treatments in 2003 and 2004.* And for the past 3 years, BOTOX® Cosmetic was the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States (surgical and non-surgical combined).*

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery also estimates that almost 3 million procedures were performed in 2004 alone. *

* 2004 Dermatologist/Plastic Surgeon Awareness, Trial, and Usage Survey
* The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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How can I be sure I’m getting real BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Only licensed and trained healthcare professionals have experience necessary to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic. Allergan, Inc., the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic, is the only source for healthcare professionals to purchase the product, and each label has the “Allergan” hologram.

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How can I find out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic?

The most comprehensive source of information is available by visiting BotoxCosmetic.com. Here you can learn more about the procedure, see more before-and-after photographs, and hear stories about patients’ experiences with this treatment. Then talk to your doctor to find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

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How do I know if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for me?

If you are between 18 and 65, you may be a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you feel that reducing the lines between your brows might make you look more approachable, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be right for you.

Find out more by visiting BotoxCosmetic.com — learn more about the procedure, see before-and-after photographs, and hear people just like you talk about BOTOX® Cosmetic. Then talk to your doctor to find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

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