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What Is Botox?

Botox injection is a revolutionary wrinkle reduction procedure that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the upper third of the face including forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes.  It is not surgery.  There is no chance of scarring.   It is safe, and you can resume all your activities immediately after treatment.

Botox is a protein that weakens and inactivates muscles that wrinkle the skin.  Initially used back in 1973 to relax overactive eye muscles that cause “crossed eyes” and facial tics, Botax has since gained popularity to treat a number of muscular diseases and for use as a cosmetic agent.  Botox is FDA approved for use on Glabellar Lines.

When Botox is injected in extremely small doses directly into a specific muscle, it blocks the signals from the brain from reaching the muscle.  As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and he wrinkles caused by muscle contractions soften and often disappear.

Botox, when used in these extremely small doses, has a high level of safety.  Since Botox proteins are only attracted to muscles, it has no effect on the central nervous system or on the body if injected into a nerve or a blood vessel.  And because of the muscle’s ability to repair itself through the formation of new muscle fibers, complete recovery is possible. 

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