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Monday, 27 July 2009 13:18

What is Botox all about?

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botox.getty .03 219x300In this day and age of wanting to preserve a youthful appearance, you have surely heard of Botox.



Perhaps you’ve even tried it.  Or maybe you’re just not exactly sure what it can do for you.  Have no fear – we’re here to offer you some straight-up facts about this procedure.






Botox is well known as an anti-wrinkle injectable in both cosmetic and medical practices. It is,however,the reversing of the visible signs of aging that has sparked curiosity in people worldwide. Happiness, anger as well as other emotions experienced in everyday life result in facial muscle contractions as well as pleating of the skin. Through time, these lines tend to linger longer than desired and become more noticeable. The aim of Botox is to weaken the muscles responsible for creating the wrinkles and in turn reduce their visibility and re-occurrence.

Regardless of the benefits, nervousness regarding Botox is still evident and primarily stems from its origin. Botox is a neurotoxin protein produced from the Clostridium Botulinum bacterium which is known as one of the most toxic naturally occurring substances around. Fortunately small diluted doses of the toxin enables a safe controlled weakening of the muscles used for cosmetic purposes today. The procedure is practiced daily on thousands of patients worldwide and is only regarded as unsafe if you are allergic, pregnant or suffer from a neurological disease.



Although regarded as a "medical" procedure, Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is performed using a tiny micro needle, small amounts of the Botox are injected into the area of question, leaving a small pricking sensation behind. The procedure takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to perform. Muscle weakness only occurs one to two days after the injection and the effects can last three to six months. Due to the fact that Botox is not a permanent treatment, the injection is usually repeated on a regular basis. Temporary bruising and occasional headaches are the most common side effects of Botox.



If you’re considering Botox, speak to your Institut' DERMed trained aesthetician about this procedure.