BOTOX® Cosmetic Chicago, IL

What is BOTOX?

The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name BOTOX®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance.

BOTOX is also used to help excessive sweating of the hands and armpit areas. Studies indicate it may also be helpful with migraines, neck spasms, and masseter muscle hypertrophy.

How long does the procedure take?

Following the cosmetic surgery consultation, the actual procedure takes less than 15 minutes. With the use of cold compresses, the procedure is very well-tolerated. You should be able to go back to work or routine activity right after the procedure.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX® is injected into a targeted facial expression muscle, blocking impulses from the nerve to the muscle, thereby relaxing the muscle so it does not contract. This causes the overlying skin to become smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles. After treatment, the skin remains smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression and feeling to be unaffected.

How quickly will I see results?

BOTOX® usually starts relaxing the treated area within several days, but the full effect may not be realized for two weeks.

How long will BOTOX last?

The effects last between 3-6 months on average but everyone is different. When the wrinkle lines return, you can schedule a follow-up visit with your plastic surgeon.

What are potential complications?

There can be some bruising at the site of the injection. This is rare and should go away naturally in a few days. Much more rare is the potential for asymmetry in the brow. Since BOTOX has a self-limiting mode of action, this should resolve naturally as well.


This is another botulinum toxin with slightly different properties. The dosages and onset of action are different. The product has recently gained FDA approval and will be marketed in the United States.

More about Northwestern Plastic Surgery

The plastic surgeons at Northwestern Plastic Surgery provide a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to help men and women look and feel their best. Among the medical spa treatments they offer are laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. For patients who are in need of more in-depth changes, Northwestern Plastic Surgery’s surgeons perform procedures such as facelift, brow lift and eyelid surgery in Chicago. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact the practice at 312-695-6022.