Botox – What Is It?

Botox is an injectable substance that is a medical grade form of the botulinum toxin A, also called botox botulism. It is a medical protein that is injected into the muscles of the face to minimize the appearance of furrows and lines.

Although the words botox and botox botulism sound frightening there is really nothing to worry about. The fact is that nobody has been harmed by botox or even had an allergic reaction to it.

A lethal injection would consist of 2,500 – 3,000 units! Cerebal palsy sufferers are given doses of botox as high as 1,000 units routinely to help them with the associated muscle spasms. As the average dose for cosmetic reasons is 75 units, it is extremely safe.

When botox is used for cosmetic purposes the toxin is purified, diluted and then injected into the facial muscles. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses that control the movement of muscles by restricting the patients ability to contract them. A smoothing effect is seen almost immediately and it continues to improve over the next few days. The results last from three to six months after which most patients gradually return to their former state.

The immobilising properties that make botox sound bad, are the ones that make it incredible!

The main questions people ask is “will botox make my face look frozen?”, “how will I look?” and “will others detect my little secret?”. One of the biggest misconceptions is that botox will eliminate all facial expressions. If it is done properly using an artistic eye, the proper technique and conservatively, the patient should look like a more rejuvenated and refreshed version of themselves.

Botox Uses
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Brow lines
- Low back pain
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Migraine headaches
- Muscle spasticity from cerebral palsy, stroke, or – multiple sclerosis
- Neck spasms
- Vocal cord spasm
- Facial spasms

Overall botox treatments are very safe and effective.

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