Botox has become the generic term for non-surgical anti-aging procedures. But what do you actually know about it? Botox is actually a toxin derived from the same bacteria as botulism. However, scientists have found a way of using it to human advantage for safe, controlled weakening of the muscles.
Very low doses of Botox are administered through a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that are responsible for frown lines and wrinkles. Botox blocks the release of the chemical in the body that causes these muscles to contract. This process makes the skin appear smoother.
- No anesthesia required
- You may experience tenderness, swelling, bruising, redness, bleeding, pain, and infection at the sight of injection
- Frown lines may start softening within 1 to 2 days, but, more commonly, it is 5 to 7 days before there are any noticeable changes
- Results vary by individual but have been shown to last 3-6 months
- Little to no down time for the approximately 15 minute procedure