The Truth about Botox
What is Botox?
The word “Botox” is a combination of the words “botulinum” and “toxin”. Botox itself is a type of neurotoxic protein that is made by a variety of botulinum bacteria. The purified form of this botulinum toxin is technically a poison. However, Botox is only poisonous in huge quantities and the amount used in facial injections is a very small fraction of the amount that would or could cause patient poisoning.
How does it work?
Botox works by relaxing the muscles that are causing the appearance of frown lines in the forehead area and crow’s feet around the eyes. The injections are done with an ultra fine needle and most patients find that there is very little discomfort since the injections are not going deep into the skin and only take a few minutes to perform.
How quickly will Botox work?
Patients should generally expect to see some results after a few days. The full effect may not be evident for about two weeks. Most patients find that when they get Botox at regular intervals (every two to three months) they retain a more youthful appearance.