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botox, botox injections, injectables, botox cosmetics,
botox, botox injections, injections, botox cosmetics, injectables,

What is it?

Botox® Cosmetic injections are shots that use onabotulinum toxin A to prevent a muscle from moving for a limited time. These shots are often used to smooth wrinkles on the face. They're also used to treat sweating, and other conditions. Botox shots also may help prevent migraine.


Some patients receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic report the injections feel like a pinch. You may begin to notice a visible smoothing of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines within 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days lasting up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines.


The medicine in Botox® Cosmetic injections also are used to ease symptoms of some health conditions. It's not a cure. Examples of medical conditions that might be treated with Botox® Cosmetic injections include:

  • Neck spasms. In this painful condition, the neck muscles contract in an uncontrolled way. This causes the head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position. The condition also is called cervical dystonia.

  • Other muscle spasms. Cerebral palsy and other conditions of the nervous system can cause the limbs to pull in toward the center of the body. Muscle spasms also can cause eye twitching.

  • Lazy eye. The most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles used for moving the eye. Lazy eye also is called crossed eyes or misaligned eyes.

  • Sweating. Botox might be used for a condition in which people sweat a lot even when they're not hot or working up a sweat. It's called excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis.

  • Migraine. Botox injections may help reduce how often you get a migraine. This treatment is used mainly for people who have headaches 15 or more days a month. When you get serious headaches that often, the condition is called chronic migraine. Treatment is needed about every 3 months to retain the benefit.



Botox injections are usually safe when you're under the care of a licensed and skilled health care provider. The procedure can result in unwanted results or even cause harm if it's given incorrectly. Possible side effects and unwanted results include:

  • Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site.

  • Headache or flu-like symptoms.

  • Droopy eyelids or crooked eyebrows.

  • A crooked smile or drooling.

  • Watery or dry eyes.

  • Infection at the injection site.



Botox injections usually begin working 1 – 3 days after treatment, though it can take 7 – 10 days or more to see full results. Not all people have visible results or relief from symptoms.


Depending on the problem being treated, the effect may last 3 – 4 months. To maintain the effect, you'll likely need regular follow-up injections spaced at least three months apart.

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