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Botox, a Simple Introduction

Apr 27, 2008
Few folk could deny having knowledge of the word Botox but how many of us truly understand exactly what Botox is? The, easy to read, article below tries to explain everything about it in such a way that anyone can understand it.

Botox, simply put, is a prepared form of the Botulinum Toxin. As a toxin Botulinum is very dangerous and immensely poisonous to humans. Many people would say that Botulinum is one of the most poisonous substances known to man.

The product Botox (registered trademark) is made from botulinum toxin A, one of the 7 neurotoxins which are produced by Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium which causes Botulism. The food poisoning, Botulism, can cause death because it blocks the nerves leading to the muscles of the body and thus stopping the brain from telling a muscle to contract (paralysis).

Botox is accepted as safe and has long been FDA-approved for use in humans where it is used to treat involuntary muscle contraction and spasms (in blepharospasm, strabismus, and cervical dystonia). Botox, although a commercial brand name, is used as a descriptive term for the well known skin care treatment for reducing the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox Cosmetic was, some years ago, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved for aesthetic use but it is only available on prescription. The FDA also recommended that one injection of the smallest, effective, dose, be used once in every three months. Folk who are taking antibiotics should avoid using Botox as should women who are pregnant or breast feeding because they have an increased risk of developing adverse reactions.

The cosmetic treatment which most people know simply as "Botox", because of it being the injection of the registered product into the muscles and skin of the face, is usually carried out only in a controlled medical environment. The Botox paralyzes the muscle tissues to such a degree that even the most obvious furrow and frown lines (and wrinkles) no longer appear. Unfortunately the treatment is temporary as the effects eventually, over the weeks, disappear.

For the last few years Botox has grown in popularity to such a degree that people now attend "Botox Parties". At these parties people have the treatment in a social rather than a medical setting. This phenomenon has alarmed the FDA who have responded by warning that having the treatment while consuming alcohol is dangerous as it causes an increase in bruising.

Although Botox is the most popular substance used in this anti-aging treatment there are other products by other companies such as the Dysport brand which can be used as an alternative. Although the procedure produces amazing results the dramatic removal of the ability of making facial expressions is removed. Subsequently many people prefer to have different anti-wrinkle treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
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