Botox® Cosmetic is widely used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. Although it is a generally painless and low-risk procedure, there are precautions that should be taken to avoid possible complications. Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with getting Botox treatments.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic, or Botulinum Toxin Type A, is a protein complex that is produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. In April 2002, the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic injections for the treatment of frown lines in the face.
How does Botox Cosmetic reduce the wrinkles?
When Botox is injected into the skin and underlying muscle tissue, it prevents nerve cells from releasing acetylcholine, a chemical that signals muscle contractions. Frown lines between the eyebrows practically disappear when associated muscles in the face are unable to contract. Muscles typically regain the ability to contract, causing the frown lines to reappear about 120 days after treatment.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is generally safe when it is administered in a medical setting by a qualified physician. Possible side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, pain in the face, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness. In most cases, these side effects are temporary.
When Botox is administered by an experienced physician, it can deliver incredible anti-aging results without scarring and almost no recovery period.