Sue-HorricksWhat is Botox?

Botox is a protein derived from botulism toxin that is injected underneath skin in order to minimize or smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. When low doses of Botox are used, it actually paralyzes or relaxes facial muscles, giving the recipient a clean, smooth facial appearance. Botox is produced by Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

This procedure is less invasive then a facelift and the results are immediate. It is also much cheaper. It takes such little time that you can even get it done on your lunch hour.  You will look a lot more youthful and will make you feel better about yourself and be confident. With Botox, the swelling goes down within a day or two, and while a prick from the needle is visible immediately after having the Botox is  administered, most of the evidence is gone within 24 hours. Botox is temporary so if you are not happy in the way you look, your face will return to normal appearance within 3-6 months.

Botox is clearly a more attractive option to plastic surgery. It’s quick, it’s less expensive, and except for the prick of a syringe, it’s painless. Anyone considering cosmetic surgery may want to consider Botox first.

How does Botox work?

Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.

How is Botox administered?

Botox procedures do not require anaesthesia and usually take just a few minutes to perform. The protein is injected into the muscle using a fine needle in order to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy.

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