Botox takes 3-5 days to take effect and lasts between 3-6 months. Botox is most effective for the frown lines between the eyebrows, but can also be used to lessen the horizontal wrinkles in the central portion of the forehead, and crows feet at the corner of the eyes. It is not effective for wrinkles in the middle and lower portion of the face.

You will feel a small amount of discomfort when the needle pierces the skin, and when the Botox is injected. This will last for approximately 5 seconds. On rare occasions, the needle may puncture a blood vessel and you may have slight bruising that lasts for up to 7 days. This possibility can be diminished by avoiding the intake of aspirin or aspirin like products for several days prior to the injection.

There are no serious side effects associated with the use of Botox and the doses that are employed. Side effects can be caused if the Botox migrates from the injections sites. For this reason, it is wise to avoid massaging the area for 12 hours after the injection. Possible side effects include a limited droop of the eyebrow or upper eyelid. Fortunately, if this occurs, it is temporary but may last 2-3 weeks. This eyelid droop can be lessened with the use of eye drops.

Botox is administered in the office by an injection directly into the muscles causing the wrinkles. You can then immediately resume full activities.