Botox and Wrinkles

Botox is a substance generated from a neurotoxin called Botulinum toxin. It is used clinically in small quantities to treat neurological disorders such as facial spasms and strabismus – abnormal contraction of muscles found on eyes, neck, face and shoulder areas.

Its benefits in the field of cosmetology were realized in the year 2000. All these years Botox was injected to cure people of eye muscle disorders such as blepharospasm, crossed eyes, strabismus, and uncontrollable blinking.

Botox injection, which can be administered only by cosmetic surgeons, helps in smoothening of frown lines or wrinkles. This injection helps get rid of the frown lines but this result lasts only for 3 to 6 months. After that, another injection is needed.

Here’s how Botox helps you get rid of wrinkles and makes you look years younger…

When Botox is injected into the affected areas of the face there is a temporary paralysis of facial muscles, resulting in the disappearance of facial creases. The natural purified protein which is the main ingredient will smoothen the overactive muscles present in the face. This will make one look younger and fresher.

Safety and Side Effects of Botox

Injected botox does not cross the blood-brain barrier, and the only side effects are temporary muscle weakness near the injection site. Treatments may slightly hamper patient’s ability to squint or frown, or may cause the corners of the mouth to turn down.

Dosages used for therapeutic injections are very low, with a wide safety margin assured. Newer forms of Botox are being developed and tested as a small percentage of patients (5 – 15%) are unable to respond to the effects of Botox due to formation of neutralizing antibodies.

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