Botox Treatment — Is It for Me?

    PHOENIX, AZ, June 03, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — An increasingly popular non-surgical age-fighter, Botox [1] was originally developed to treat neurological disorders. Experimentation proved that Botox also helped ease lines in the face, especially the tension lines that develop between the brows. Botox is now approved for use in people ages 18 to 65 for temporary reduction of frown lines.

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of a medical form of botulinum toxin type A. This toxin is produced by a virus that, in its natural form, causes botulism, which is a form of food poisoning.

The botulinum toxin type A that’s used for Botox injections is a low-concentration, purified form. When injected into problem areas, it inhibits certain chemicals that signal the muscles to contract. With the muscles unable to tense and furrow, moderate to deep wrinkles relax, giving a smoother appearance to your forehead.

Botox injections are administered in a doctor’s office. Depending on the area being treated, the treatment can take as little as fifteen minutes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to go on about your day.

While you’ll see initial results within a few days, it takes about two weeks for the full effect of the injections to take place. The effects of Botox injections are temporary, lasting three to six months, after which you’ll have to have additional treatments to maintain your look.

Possible Risks of Botox

Botox injections are FDA approved and safe, but as with any cosmetic procedure there is some risk of side effects. Some of these include:

• Pain, redness or bruising at the injection site

• Headache

• Nausea

• Symptoms resembling flu

• Temporary weakness or drooping in the face

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