Botox is created by a bacterium that works as a muscle relaxant when injected in tiny doses. The desired cosmetic effect of Botox can last for several months. Botox comes in two different forms including Botox and Botox Cosmetic. Botox may be used for medical problems including neck pain, muscle spasms, lazy eye, eye twitching, migraines, underarm sweating and muscle stiffness. Botox Cosmetic helps to counter the effects of aging including facial wrinkles. Injections of Botox block certain chemical signals from nerves, specifically ones that cause muscles to contract. Targeted muscle paralysis allows beneficial cosmetic effects to occur, making it a highly sought after wrinkle treatment. This causes the facial muscles to relax, making wrinkles less noticeable. Botox is often used for frown lines, between eyebrows, forehead furrow and crow’s feet wrinkles from the eyes. Botox is ineffective towards sun damage. Your skin type and degree of wrinkling will all play a role in determining if Botox is right for you.


Botox can be fairly expensive, especially because it is a procedure that needs to be done frequently in order to keep up desired results. If it is being used for cosmetic reasons, most medical insurance companies will not cover it. If it is being used as a form of medical treatment it may be partially of fully covered by some health insurance benefits.

The Procedure

Prior to scheduling Botox injections it is important to make sure that you are healthy. This will involve a visit to the doctor to discuss your medication use especially blood thinners, antibiotics, muscle relaxants, sleep aids or allergy medications. You should also discuss your expectations of Botox to ensure if it is right for you. If the Botox is being used for cosmetic purposes the doctor will inject the Botox into the specific areas that need to be treated. Botox is used to treat excessive sweating that occurs under the arms. This treatment involves Botox being injected directly into underarm skin. If you are planning to use Botox for excessive underarm sweating the doctor will ask you to avoid deodorant and physical activities that increase sweating. The doctor will prescribe medicine that will numb the area where the Botox injection will be given. The doctor will then use a thin needle that will inject small amount of Botox into your skin or muscles. Botox injections generally take ten to fifteen minutes and are performed in a doctor’s office. There may be mild pain and discomfort. The number of injections required depends on the area being treated and the nature of the skin.


Botox injections are generally quite safe when performed by an experienced and certified doctor. There are side effects that can occur including redness, pain and bruising at the injection site. Less common side effects include itching, nausea, headache, muscle weakness and body sweats. It is important to call your doctor immediately if you experience vision problems, trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing or speaking, loss of bladder control and muscle weakness throughout the body. It is very important to also watch for allergic reaction, eye pain, blistering, rash, flu-like symptoms, seizures, chest pain and face pain. If these symptoms occur you must contact your doctor immediately.


The recovery from Botox injections is fairly easy and pain free. There may be some bruising or redness. You do not have to take time off and can resume your daily activities right after receiving the injection. It is important to not rub the injection site because it could cause the toxin to migrate to unwanted areas.


Botox results are not permanent and require frequent injections to maintain treatment. After three to six months you may think of getting follow-up treatments if you liked your initial results.