Botulinum toxin therapy

Botulinum toxin therapy

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 Also called botulinum rejuvenation

Brand names: Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, MYOBLOC®, and XEOMIN®

When you look in the mirror, do you see deep frown lines? These lines bother many people.  

To diminish these lines , many choose botulinum toxin therapy. Patients like that they can return to most everyday activities immediately after the procedure. They like that most people see results within 3 to 7 days. 

A dermatologist can perform the treatment during a single office visit. The improvements last about 3 to 4 months — and sometimes longer. 

                woman's face before botoxBefore treatment: This woman disliked her deep frown lines.

                woman's face after botoxAfter treatment: Relaxing certain facial muscles softened this woman's frown lines.
Uses: Dermatologists use botulinum toxin therapy to diminish signs of aging and to treat a medical condition called hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botulinum toxin therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the following dermatologic conditions:
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows.
  • Crow's feet.
  • Excessive sweating in the underarms when treatment applied to the skin does not work well enough.
Insurance coverage: This varies with insurance plans. In general, you can expect:
  • Signs of aging are not covered.
  • Excessive sweating may be covered, at least partly. You should contact your insurance company to find out what your policy covers.

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Images used with permission of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Ascher B, Zakine B, et al. “A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of efficacy and safety of 3 doses of botulinum toxin A in the treatment of glabellar lines.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004;51:223-233.

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