We’re sure that by this point in your lovely journey of skincare, you’ve at least heard mention of Botox as a means to treat and eliminate wrinkles. But what is Botox exactly? Do you know what’s in those syringes being inserted into the faces of millions of women in America?
What is Botox?
Botox is short for Botulism toxin A, which is a purified version of botulism—the deadliest toxin in the world. Being, however, that it is purified there is no risk of infection. So, relax knowing that there is nothing life-threatening about this treatment.
The toxin works by blocking nerves that contract muscles, resulting in the softened appearance of wrinkles.
What are the benefits of Botox?
There are many benefits to the injection treatment. Are the benefits worth the cost?
If you are new to Botox, you can ask your doctor for a smaller dose of the toxin to see how you like it, and if it is right for you. Your skin isn’t altered in any way and the effects wear off over a period of about four to six months. This gives you the comfort of knowing if you don’t like it, there’s no need to worry. You’ve not signed a permanent contract for anything.
The injection is designed to produce quick results. Depending on the potency of your injection, you may see results within a few hours to a few days, but the freezing effects of the toxin are very speedy.
Wipe that frown off your face
Botox injections have been shown to reduce and/or eliminate the appearance of expression lines on the face. These kinds of lines are where the toxin is proven to be the most effective, in wrinkles that haven’t quite “set” yet.
In and out in a flash
The nice thing about botox is there’s no need to check yourself into a clinic for any lengthy overnight procedure. The process of administering the toxin is relatively quick, lasting only five to ten minutes.