Botox Facts

As a nurse, I’ve been injecting Botox safely and effectively for over 8 years. If I could personally only choose to continue having one cosmetic treatment for the rest of my life it would be Botox hands down! Here are some interesting facts about Botox you may not know…

Botox in a Nutshell

• Botox is a purified protein that’s injected into select facial muscles to help them relax.
• Only wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements will be affected by Botox.
• Botox takes full effect within 2 weeks and lasts 3-4 months; it must be re-injected to maintain results.
• Botox first received FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval to treat certain medical conditions such as strabismus, eyelid muscle spasms, chronic migraine, cervical dystonia, overactive bladder, excessive underarm sweating, and upper limb spasticity in 1989 followed by approval for cosmetic uses in 2002.
• Botox is very safe when injected at manufacturer-recommended doses by an experienced medical professional. Complications and allergic reactions are very rare.
• When injected properly, you should still be able to show a wide range of facial expression.
• Botox injections feel like a slight pinch and are very tolerable; the needles are very short and thin.
• The treatment itself takes less than 10 minutes.
• Depending on the state you live in, Botox may legally be injected by a doctor, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse.
• People cannot physically become addicted to the ingredient in a Botox injection; they can, however, become dependent on the cosmetic result it provides to keep them looking younger.