What is Botox?

Until very recently, the only thing that could be done to rejuvenate an aging neck or facial wrinkles and furrows was surgery. The results are often unnatural, painful and expensive. Luckily, nature herself has come to the rescue. Though it is much more than a miracle wrinkle cure, Botox gives an opportunity for patients to age gracefully while looking their best, and even looking younger. With virtually no significant side effects and no recovery time, the safety of Botox is unparalleled. In fact, satisfaction with Botox is among the highest of all the various procedures and treatments that are offered.

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Botox was originally synthesized from the Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin works primarily by disrupting the communication between nerves and the muscles they control, though it can also affect other nerve functions.  About twenty years ago, scientists figured out how to take Botulism’s deadly ability to paralyze muscles, and harness it to cure ailments such as spasms that are caused by overactive muscles. The Botulinum toxin used for medical purposes has been refined and purified, and is used only in very tiny amounts, on specific muscles, rather than throughout the body. These amounts are so small that there is virtually no danger of systemic side effects (side effects that involve the whole body).

In the late 1980’s, Alastair and Jean Carruthers, a husband and wife doctor team in Vancouver, Canada, compared notes and made an amazing discovery. The wrinkles that Alastair, a dermatologist, had been treating with collagen injections were easily erased by the use of Botox. In addition to improving the eye condition, the Botox had also weakened the muscles that caused frown lines and crow’s feet, leading her patients to look younger and more relaxed. The Carruthers were able to demonstrate that Botox was actually superior to collagen injections in producing a more rested and youthful facial appearance. Thus was born the most important medical cosmetic advance in decades.

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Throughout the 1990’s plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and other doctors began to use Botox on their patients who were bothered by lines on their foreheads and around their eyes. These lines, which are caused mainly by overactive muscles, can make you look tired, or angry, or older than you are. The results of using Botox to control unwanted facial lines were so promising that by the year 2000, over one million people had been treated with Botox.

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is now the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. Botox is one of the most often requested treatments, and one of the most successful, according to the enthusiastic comments of satisfied patients.

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