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Botox Facts

Botox™ is a brand name given to a product derived from the Botulinum Toxin. Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxin protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum; one of the most poisonous naturally occurring toxins in the world. Through testing, doctors found that a weakened form of this powerful toxin could be used in small amounts to treat certain medical conditions. Botox™ was first approved by the FDA as a treatment for problems with muscles around the eyes. It was only later observed that a side effect of Botox™ usage was a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes where eye muscles had been treated with Botox™. Botox™ is delivered by injection through the skin and into the muscle where it causes a temporary paralization. This can result is a reduction of wrinkles that can last from two to four months. According to the FDA, possible side effects may include:

  1. Droopy eyelids, which can last for a few weeks
  2. Flu like symptoms
  3. Headaches
  4. Risk of developing Botulism in extreme cases

It is Important to remember that Botox is a Drug and NOT a cosmetic.

The FDA website offers these answers to common questions about Botox™;

Are "Botox parties" safe?

No. You should only get Botox™ in a clinic or doctor's office. You should never share a tube of Botox™.

Can I use Botox™ on other wrinkles?

Botox is only approved to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows.

Can I get Botox™ at any age?

Botox™ is only approved for people 18-65 years old. It has not been tested on people under 18 or over 65.

How Much Does Botox Cost?

Treatments vary in price by provider but the average range is between $300 and $700.

Are there Alternatives to Botox™?

For those who have a fear of needles or who just aren't comfortable with this type of wrinkle treatment, there are plenty of alternatives available that do not involve injections. We offer several anti wrinkle skin care tips that when followed properly should lead to youthful skin without taking such drastic measures.

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