Botox is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment
Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year.
People also use Botox to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.
Botox is an effective treatment for treatment of wrinkles. Wrinkles are creases, folds, or ridges in the skin. They normally appear as people get older. Sun damage, smoking, dehydration, some medications, and environmental and genetic factors affect when and where people will develop wrinkles.
Most wrinkles tend to appear in the parts of the body which receive the most sun exposure, especially the face including forehead and around eyes.
Botox temporary paralyses muscles responsible for making wrinkles. It is injected in small doses into targeted muscles. If the muscles can no longer tighten, the skin flattens, giving a less wrinkled and smoother appearance.
Botox can decrease the lines on the forehead, the frown lines between the eyes, and “crow’s feet,” around the corners of the eyes. Repeating the treatment will lead to a smooth, young looking skin with no folds or breaking.