So, what is Botox exactly?
Botox is the brand name of the neurotoxin protein developed by Allergan, Inc. Originally invented to help treat crossed or wandering eyes, Botox is most commonly used today to treat the effects of aging and give users a youthful appearance. When applied by a physician, Botox is very effective at treating muscular conditions, and most importantly, for removing wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
The bacterium where Botox comes from, clostridium botulinum, is naturally found all over the world, including in forests, lakes, soil, and more. It’s also commonly found in mammals, fish, shellfish, and other animals. For the most part, it’s harmless. But if the bacteria spores transform, it can become a neurotoxin that disrupts the signaling process allowing neurons to communicate. And that is how muscles are frozen.
Because of this, it’s very important, always, to find a licensed cosmetician or doctor that specializes in Botox treatments. Allergan, Inc. even certifies medical aesthetic practices in the nation with a Diamond Certification to prove that they are approved for Botox injections. When in doubt, it’s essential to work with someone who has this certification to ensure you’re getting the best care.
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Is Botox safe?
Botox is a neurotoxin, plain and simple. But it doesn’t mean it is dangerous. When in the hands of the right person, it is considered safe and part of a harmless, temporary solution. That’s why over 7.4 million procedures were performed in the U.S. just last year. From Daddy-Do-Overs to procedures for the 55-and-older group, cosmetic procedures continue to be a solution for men and women to realize their best self.
So when it comes to safety measures, what’s important is to work with a cosmetic practitioner that knows what to prescribe and how to administer safely. If you have any questions about finding the right place to try Botox, learn more here.
Here are a few unknown (and fun) facts about Botox:
- Most procedures last less than 30 minutes.
- It doesn’t just help wrinkles. Botox can also be used to help treat depression, sweating, chronic pain, and migraines.
- Although Botox is very popular today, it was first discovered in the 1800s.
- It can be used for everything from worry and frown lines to lip lines and jowls.
- Botox isn’t permanent. Most procedures last between 3-4 months.
- It is the most common nonsurgical procedure in the U.S.
- Botox should not be used by pregnant or lactating women or by people who have had a reaction to the drug in the past.
What to expect your first time with Botox
So you’re ready to try Botox, and you’ve got one big question: What’s it like?
Here are the most common questions (and their answers) that we get asked about Botox procedures: