Botox is the commonly used name for the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin. Botox is a popular injection that reduces or eliminates frown lines for a period of time. Botox stops the nerve impulses, basically paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles and facial expression, giving the skin a smoother look.
Botox is injected directly into the muscles of the area to be treated with a very small needle. There may be some bruising afterwards. The Botox treatment itself is quick and only takes 10-15 minutes. The full results of Botox injection s take 1 week to show, but the effect can last for up to 4 months. After Botox injections your face will look smoother and younger.
Botox is usually used on the upper third of the face, to tackle frown lines, forehead creases and crows' feet around the eyes. Lines around the lips and corners of the mouth are also treatable. Untreated areas of the face aren't affected, so you can still smile and frown, but the skin on the treated areas won't wrinkle as much as usual.
Although there are no serious health risks documented through Botox use, the treated muscles can become too weak, resulting in droopy eyelids and eyebrows, or drooling from the corner of the mouth, depending on where the Botox treatment was carried out; as the Botox wears off these problems will right themselves. Botox should also be avoided if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a bleeding disorder or any infection near the area which is to be treated.
Botox is only available on prescription, and can be administered by cosmetic surgeons and even some trained GPs, dentists, gynecologists, eye specialists and nurses. People who use botox too often can develop an immunity, so Botox treatment stops working.
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