Who hasn't already heard of botox either thorough rumors or direct contact with someone who has had a botox treatment. You've probably also heard of the botox creams that promise similar results without the painful and expensive injections. Botox injections are used to treat facial wrinkles and lines caused by aging and it's come under some controversy since being introduced to cosmetic treatment options in 2002. The following article will discuss what botox is and how it's used as well as the controversy and then will finish up with a discussion of botox alternatives.
Botox is a drug made from Botulinum toxin type A and has been registered by trademark. It is used for several medical purposes though the most popular by far is the use to reduce wrinkles. Botox is actually a toxin and is the same bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning.
When exposed to large doses botox will cause paralysis, nausea and sometimes death. However used in small diluted doses it is safe and is used to treat wrinkles, excessive sweating and muscle spasms. It works by paralyzing muscles and stopping them from contracting. In the case of wrinkle reduction it actually paralyzes the facial muscles which prevents them from contracting and smooths the skin over top of them. The FDA approved botox for cosmetic purposes in 2002.
Botox treatments are done as an inpatient procedure and are quick and fairly painless, however they need to be repeated every 3-6 months which can get expensive. And sometimes it takes several treatments to make wrinkles disappear.
Botox treatments have been under fire in the past because of reports of serious side effects, most notably facial paralysis. The good news is that most of these cases can be blamed on inferior quality botox made by non FDA approved labs. If you have a trained professional using FDA approved botox treatments it is still safe and effective.
If you compare botox creams with the injections you'll find that botox injections are both more expensive and more invasive than botox cream. You can make your decision based on the type of lines you're trying to remove. For moderate to severe lines you may want to go with botox injections, however for fine lines and lines caused by sun damage you'll want to try a quality botox cream first.
There are lots of options if you're trying to reduce wrinkles and restore your smooth youthful looking skin. The combination of good skin care, a quality botox cream and when necessary botox injections, can keep you wrinkle free and young looking for a long time into the future.
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