Thousands of people use Botox injections daily, so as someone who has never heard or utilized Botox injections, one may wonder, what is Botox and what are the side effects?

Botox is purified botulinum toxin and is used cosmetically to prevent or lessen the lines caused by muscle movement.

Dysportis a competitor’s product that does exactly the same thing but begins to work within 48 hours whereas Botox can take 4 to 7 days.  The toxin works by directly paralyzing the muscles it is injected into.  It works best for lines between the eyebrows and forehead lines but can also be used for crow’s feet and lines around the mouth and neck.

Dysport reports there are very few side effects such as the allergic reactions associated with Botox.  Headache is the most common side effect. If the toxin migrates to the eyelid muscles eyelid ptosis or drooping can occur. The effects of Botox can last 3 months or more in most individuals.

By: Dr. David N. Csikai, M.D.