Botox works by blocking nerve signals to muscles, which cause them to relax and soften lines and wrinkles. It can be used to treat frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and bunny lines around the nose as well as vertical bands on the neck; or it can even reduce gummy smiles or plump lips combined with lip fillers.

Procedures typically occur in doctor’s offices. Prior to injections, depending on the area being treated (for instance palms of hands may need numbing for hyperhidrosis treatment), skin will usually be numbed using various techniques (for instance in hyperhidrosis treatment palms may need numbing first), then botulinum toxin is injected using a fine needle into muscle or tissue using ultrasound imaging techniques mapped beforehand for injection sites; injections themselves only take 10 minutes with providers asking you to move muscles while doing this before each injection; sometimes using ice to numb the area before injecting.

When selecting a clinic for botox injections, it is crucial that a qualified medical professional will administer them. Preferably a doctor, dentist, or pharmacist prescriber who has been trained in the use of cosmetic botulinum toxin should give injections – they should also be listed on an official register as meeting certain standards of training and skill. Furthermore, you should look for someone familiar with your specific anatomy who can deliver effective care.