Botox: What is it?
Botox injections are used to prevent and treat wrinkles and facial creases. It is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract which in turn makes the wrinkles relax and soften.
What is it used for?
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Procedure requires only a few minutes but it takes three to seven days to take full effect. The effects will last four to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again.
Is Botox safe?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect seen. It is safer than an aspirin when given in the right doses by an experienced dermatologist. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox.