Botox is an injection used to temporarily paralyze muscles. Botox contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Botox is FDA-approved to treat frown lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet, and forehead furrows. Although Botox is known to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, it can also be used to treat neck spasms, excessive sweating, lazy eye, and migraines.
Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax. Botox injections require no anesthesia and can be completed in as little as a few minutes. The procedure is done by injecting tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles using a thin needle. Botox treatments should only be performed by a qualified physician.
Botox treatments begin to take effect a few days after the procedure. Results can last from three to twelve months. You may need regular follow-up injections to maintain your results.