BOTOX Cosmetic (OnabotulinumtoxinA)

Class: Neurotoxin

Approved cosmetic uses:

  • Moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (also known as glabellar lines or "11's"), crow's feet and forehead lines.

Botox is also approved to treat a variety of medical conditions including:

  • Eye muscle spasms
  • problems with eye coordination
  • Severe armpit sweating
  • Migraine headaches
  • Overactive bladder
  • Urinary incontinence related to nerve damage from multiple sclerosis and spine injury.

Mode of action: Botox essentially paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. This neurotoxin blocks the release of acetylcholine, a chemical causes the muscle contractions that create wrinkles.

Results: Full Botox Cosmetic results are visible within one week after treatment. These wrinkle-busting effects last a minimum of three months.

Side Effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Redness, pain at the injection site.

(Infrequently, Botox may cause muscle weakness or drooping of the upper eyelid muscles.)

Botox Cosmetic Cost: Botox Cosmetic cost varies based on areas treated and the location of the practice. In general, cost will average around $150 to $300.

Other Neurotoxins:

  • Xeomin
  • Dysport

Injection Pain (1-5 scale, with 5 being the most pain.): 2

With proper numbing and ultra-fine needles, any pain associated with Botox Cosmetic injections is fleeting at most. Pain, however, is subjective and may also vary by treatment area.

Popularity: Off the charts! Botox consistently ranks as one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed each year in the US.

  • Halaas 58x57

    Yael Halaas, MD, FACS

    60 East 56th Street
    3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    (332) 239-6439

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    Cosmetic Surgery Associates of New York

    465 Columbus Avenue
    Valhalla, NY 10595
    (914) 421-0113

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    Min S. Ahn MD

    The Aesthetic Wellness Center
    2 Connector Road, #2C
    Westborough, MA 01581