A patient's forehead after Botox treatment
Botox is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified form of the toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin blocks the nerve impulses to muscles, causing a form of paralysis called botulism.
In the cosmetic procedure, Botox, in extremely small doses, is injected directly into the specific muscles that cause frown lines. These isolated muscles are paralyzed by the Botox, and can no longer contract. The action of frowning is stopped temporarily, and frown lines diminish. This effect typically lasts for 3 to 6 months.
Frown lines are caused by the hunching of skin from facial muscle contraction. When we frown, the skin between our eyebrows is gathered into a fold which eventually causes a chronic furrow. Botox is a way to soften and reduce these frown lines without surgery and without scars.
Botox can also be used to:
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