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BOTOX is both the name of a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure and the injectable agent that is used during this procedure.
BOTOX is an acronym for the Botulinum toxin, which is a neuromuscular toxin that the Clostridium botulinum bacterium produces.
BOTOX has been commercially available and in use since 1997 to help get rid of or reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles that develop on the face beyond the age of 30. BOTOX treatment has even been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There happen to be numerous facial muscles and when the cosmetic surgeon injects the correct dosage of BOTOX into the correct muscles, those muscles are temporarily paralyzed. Once the underlying facial muscles begin relaxing, the skin creases and wrinkles start to disappear gradually.
It takes anywhere between three and five days, or up to a week, for the results of BOTOX to be noticeable, while finer wrinkles vanish almost instantly.
BOTOX is currently the most effective and safe treatment for facial lines and wrinkles.