You’ve likely heard of botox from either the beauty addict of your group of friends or from celebrity magazines detailing whether or not a celebrity’s botox treatment worked out or not. So what is botox exactly? Botox is made from the bacteria clostridium botulinum. It’s used by injection for cosmetic and medical treatments.
Medically, botox has been used to treat people who suffer from involuntary muscle spasms and dystonias. It’s also been used to treat twitchy eyelids, migraines and excessive sweating ailments.
For cosmetic purposes botox can be used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines by freezing the muscle in the area it was injected into and after a time between three days to two weeks it should show an improvement in the skin. The effects are not forever though, and more botox treatments will have to be administered on the area that needs smoothing out every three to six months.
The side effects of botox use can be just as dramatic as the good results that can occur when using botox treatments. Botox can produce a severe allergic reaction from those who are allergic to the ingredients. Botox can also cause paralysis in the wrong muscle of the face. Problems from cosmetic botox can result in a drooping eye, double vision, swelling, funny expressions, headaches, dry mouth and fatigue. People who are pregnant, nursing or have egg allergies are encouraged to avoid using botox.
The United States Food and Drug Administration requires that all boxes of botox have a warning listed on it. The warning is that botox can spread to further areas of the body and essentially poison the body with botulism. This caused deaths in the past which was the reason why the FDA put the warning onto the box.
Botox injection site depends on where you want the botox to be administered. If you want to have botox injected into your forehead, sides of eyes or cheeks.