From a bacterium by the name of Clostridium botulinum, a ‘botulinum toxin A’ (more commonly known as BOTOX) is produced. This toxin is used world-wide for the cosmetic treatment of fine lines or wrinkles on the skin, along with other medical uses such as treating severe underarm sweating, uncontrollable blinking, misaligned eyes and Cervical dystonia (muscle spasms of the shoulders and neck).

How does botox work?

Botox treatment for temporarily reducing fine lines or wrinkles is done by injecting small amounts of the toxin into the area of the skin that needs to be treated. Once injected, this toxin works by paralyzing the muscles responsible for the certain movements they produce which in turn cause the wrinkles and fine lines. When an area of paralyzed muscle doesn’t move, the overlying skin cannot fold, so wrinkles themselves don’t form.

Are there side-effects?

A general concern is the side-effects of this toxin if it infects your bodily organs. The botulinum toxin is highly neurotoxic and may cause complications if it is allowed to enter the body and infect organs. But, Botox is safe for cosmetic treatment because it is only used superficially in the skin to paralyze minor muscles and never enters the body to cause any harm. It has been rendered safe for cosmetic anti-wrinkle shots, so do not worry. Botox is a great way to reduce your lines and wrinkles, and is completely safe.

The good thing about Botox treatment is that there are minimal side effects such as allergic reactions and it shows great results when trying to achieve the aim of reducing wrinkles. The catch is that must be used accurately, only on the precise site it needs to be used on. If injected on the wrong site, it could cause drooling (when used to reduce lines around the mouth) and drooping eye-lids (when used for reducing wrinkles around the eyes).

You may also not be able to raise your eyebrows much. So, just make sure you go to an experienced cosmetic doctor and you’re all set to enjoy the beautifying effects of Botox.

How long does botox last?

The effects of generally last up to 3-4 months but can also sometimes last up to 8 months. Needless to say, Botox injections need to be redone at regular intervals. Botox does not cure or remove your wrinkles, it simply suspends them temporarily. The advantage here is that it isn’t permanent, so if you don’t like the results, they shall go away and you have the opportunity to try other treatments.

Botox is great for anyone who desires removal of their “crow’s feet” or severe glabellar (frown) lines. Millions of people world-wide are getting Botox treatments done to look fresh and young again, as it is a much faster procedure than surgery with almost immediate results. If you feel you need Botox treatment, try it out! Chances are, you’ll love the ”vanishing wrinkles” effect and you’ll want to have it done over and over again!