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.
Before treatment: This woman disliked her deep frown lines. After 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.
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.
Learn more about botulinum toxin therapy: 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.