Have you heard about botulinum toxin injections, more commonly known as Botox? This popular injectable is used for cosmetic purposes to temporarily reduce or eliminate facial fine lines and wrinkles. But what exactly is botulinum toxin, and how does it work? Let’s break down the basics of this procedure. 

What is Botulinum Toxin? 

Botulinum toxin is a purified substance derived from bacteria. When injected into specific facial muscles, it blocks signals from the nerves that cause those muscles to contract. As a result, these muscles can no longer contract and create wrinkles in the skin. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Jeuveau® are all common types of botulinum toxin type A injections that are used to achieve this effect.  

What Can It Do? 

Botulinum toxin has a variety of uses in cosmetics, including smoothing crow’s feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, lip lines and bunny lines; diminishing neck bands; improving the appearance of skin dimpling on the chin; lifting the corners of the mouth; softening a square jawline; and correcting a gummy smile. While these effects are temporary and may last anywhere from three to six months, many patients find that regular maintenance treatments can help maintain their desired look over time.  

How Does Treatment Work? 

The timing for treatment with botulinum toxin injections typically takes about 15 minutes per visit. Depending on your needs and goals for treatment, your doctor will inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into multiple areas in order to achieve your desired look. After treatment, some patients may experience minor swelling or redness at the injection sites but these symptoms should subside quickly. You should see results within two weeks after receiving your injections!  


Botulinum toxin injections are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today because they offer fast results with minimal downtime afterwards. If you’re considering this procedure for yourself, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what it can do for you as well as understanding what is involved in terms of preparation and recovery time afterwards. Talk to your doctor to determine if botulinum toxin is right for you!