What is Botox?

BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. BOTOX® contains mostly sterile saline with tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.  BOTOX® is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.

The Treatment

BOTOX® targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your doctor will inject these muscles with BOTOX® to temporarily reduce muscle activity. At Southern Roots Dental, we offer N2O (“laughing gas”) to help make the experience more comfortable. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows. It can take up to two weeks to see the full results from the treatment.


Following BOTOX® injections, patients may experience mild swelling, redness, and bruising, but since the medication is mostly saline, the bumps and redness resolve very quickly. There is no downtime needed following Botox injections, so you can return to your everyday routine right away. Results can last from 3-6 months.