Injection of Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox®, is the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Even with its popularity, there are still many myths and misinformation about this procedure. The most common myth is that people who get Botox® are being injected with botulism.
When small amounts of Botox® are injected into a muscle, the muscle ceases to contract, thus preventing wrinkle formation of the skin. The effects typically occur within 7-10 days after the procedure. As we get older and lose elasticity in the skin, a permanent crease can form, leaving a wrinkle that is noticeable even without muscle contraction. Botox® does not get rid of these wrinkles, but may help soften them.
Botox® is also used for hyperhidrosis, a disease characterized by excessive sweating. It is typically injected in the underarm, palms, feet and forehead. Some insurance carriers may cover this treatment.
Dr. Brodsky has spent many years practicing the art of Botox®.