Botox is the brand name for the very popular cosmetic treatment and is a neuro-toxin which comes from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum also known as the cause of the disease Botulism. The cosmetic surgery industry uses Botox injections to help remove the lines and wrinkles that are associated with age although it is only a temporary process. The areas most commonly used for a Botox cosmetic treatment are the forehead where it makes the lines disappear. Considering how straightforward the procedure is the results are impressive leading to a much more youthful look for the recipient as the wrinkles associated with age are reduced. Botox treatment is also very quick by cosmetic surgery standards and it is quite normal for the process to take no more than 15 minutes, depending on the areas that need attention. The lines around the mouth, forehead and eyes associated with aging can noticeably vanish within only a few days after the Botox injections have been administered.
Botox injections work because botox it is a neuro-toxin that paralyses the muscles it is injected into usually around the eyes and forehead for example, so that most of the movement in them is frozen. Unfortunately the Botox neuro-toxin muscle paralysis is only temporary and regular Botox cosmetic treatments are necessary and for many, multiple treatments will be required for optimum effect. When botox injections or Botox creams are used, there may be some swelling and numbness around the area that was treated, but this is quite normal and the after effects are relatively short lived.
There are very few Botox side effects so this procedure and is one of the safest available for reduction of wrinkles. Ice is used before and after the procedure to minimize discomfort, which is minimal and lasts only a few seconds. Botox cosmetic treatments relax the muscles when and paralyses them so that the lines that are normally seen around the eyes mouth and forehead gradually fade away.
Botox injections also have other uses as well, for those who suffer with acne or facial scarring for example. Whilst almost anyone can have Botox cosmetic treatment, it is celebrities that we hear about having it done although cosmetic surgery does have a serious side and isn't always about vanity. You often find it is the men that prefer the non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and collagen injections.
Botox is a not only a purified protein used in cosmetic surgery but a prescription drug. Botox has been found to be effective in reducing migraines, muscle spasms in the facial area and can assist in excessive sweating. You should be warned though that it should not be used when a woman is pregnant or breast feeding. Over time, Botox injections will have to take place at greater intervals because the muscles that are injected atrophy and it requires longer and longer periods for them to recover. Botox cosmetic treatments are now the number one cosmetic procedure in the USA with over a million treatments each year.