Botox is a prescription drug made from the clostridium botulinum bacterium that is used to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. It’s injected into the skin to treat a variety of health problems.
Botox has been closely associated with cosmetic procedures for years, as it has been proven to reduce facial wrinkles and creases. It works by blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles, preventing them from contracting. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is most useful in treating forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines.
Administering Botox injections takes just a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. A numbing medication or cream can be applied to the skin beforehand if you’re worried about discomfort. Your doctor will use a thin needle to inject a small dose of Botox into your skin or specific muscles. Results usually take a few days to appear and will last anywhere from three to 12 months. Maintenance injections are needed if you wish to continue treatment beyond the initial dose.
Botox can be dangerous if administered improperly, so be sure to choose a skilled and certified doctor who is experienced with Botox injections.
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