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Botox® is the brand name for the medicine botulinum toxin, which is the purified form of the toxin made by Clostridia bacteria in botulism. Botox® is a known as a neuromodulator, and has other brand names such as Dysport and Xeomin®. Botox® works by interfering with nerves trying to signal to muscles to contract, causing paralysis. In medicine, very small amounts of the toxin are injected into precise locations, and in cosmetic medicine, it is used to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Botox® is used to treat wrinkles by freezing the muscles underneath the skin that cause them. It is extremely successful at treating the two vertical crease lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal furrows on the forehead, and “crows feet”, the fine wrinkles at the outer corner of the eye. Botox® can improve the appearance of these wrinkles and to some degree, keep them from progressively worsening in appearance. Botox® usually lasts from three to eight months, depending on where it is used and how the patient’s body responds to the treatment. With low costs, noticeable results and no recovery, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today.
The only recovery from Botox® is related to the needle going through the skin. With any injection, small blood vessels may be punctured, leading to small amounts of bruising. This can be minimized by avoiding blood-thinning medications such as advil or aspirin around the time of treatment.
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