Botox® is a product name for the botulinum toxin type A injection. Initially Botox was invented to treat certain neurological disorders but since early 1990′s it has been successfully used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the easy and thick bands in the neck temporarily. There are no serious side effects documented with the use of Botox.
Botox is injected into the muscle tissue surrounding a wrinkle via a small needle. The discomfort is minimal and usually lasts a few seconds. Botox relaxes the muscle tissue by blocking nerve impulses to it. Within a couple of days the results can be clearly seen and will last for several months, after which the procedure can be performed again. Some doctors report that after several treatments, the effect of Botox appears to last longer, often up to several months.
Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have the procedure done, since the side effects associated with pregnancy are unknown at this time. The most common complication is a slight, temporary drooping of the eyelid. Botox is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body so you can return to full activity immediately.