Botox® is a simple injection—or series of injections—made with a small-gauge needle into a targeted set of muscles. The procedure lasts just minutes and heals (normalizes) in about a week. It is suggested to avoid alcohol a week prior to treatment with Botox®, and if necessary, aspirin or ibuprofen can be used to alleviate bruising or physical discomfort, which may manifest in the form of headaches.
Botox® was approved by the FDA in the 1980s. The serum (a purified protein) offers the ability to control the weakened muscles, leaving the trademark wrinkle-free appearance. It works by blocking overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive, unwanted muscle contractions. Botox® is the result of more than 100 years of study and is used in many medical indications.