What is Botox?

Botox is a medical grade of the botulinum toxin. It is a toxic compound produced from Clostridium botulinum.


The enzyme interferes with nerve impulses and causes temporary paralysis of muscles that are injected with Botox.


What can Botox do for me?

Botox is primarily used to remove wrinkles from the face.


When you have Botox injected into the muscles of your forehead, it prohibits the nerve impulses from firing, essentially blocking the muscles from working and preventing you from frowning. Your wrinkles will eventually disappear altogether after enough injections.


Botox can also be used to soften crows feet, frown lines, and the above mentioned forehead lines that are caused by years of frowning.


Every time you laugh or smile or frown, or basically perform any type of expression, the underlying muscles used to create those expressions slowly and steadily cause permanent wrinkling of your skin. Botox will temporarily paralyze these muscles and prevent them from working. After enough injections, the wrinkles start to fade, and sometimes disappear altogether. Of course, the cost is more than financial: you'll lose some measure of your ability to perform facial expressions. The benefit, of course, is a wrinkle free face!



How long do the effects last?

The general estimate is that the effects of Botox will last about 3 months. There are many factors that come into play when trying to estimate exactly how long they will last, such as the quality of your injections, the amount of the injection, and the location (and size) of your facial muscles.


The proper answer to this question will vary between individuals. You should ask your plastic surgeon or nurse this question for a more definitive answer that pertains to you.



Does it hurt to get Botox?

When properly administered, Botox injections should not hurt. Of course, the technique and skill of the person injecting the Botox into your skin makes a big difference. The right nurse or MD injecting your Botox can make the entire experience very pleasant or not-so pleasant. It all depends on their skill level and the depth of their experience (some nurses are actually better at injecting the Botox than MDs!)


Who can administer Botox?

Botox can be administered by a nurse or physician, depending the state that you live in. It's recommended that it be injected by someone that specializes in aesthetic medicine. This includes dermatologists and plastic surgeons.


Although rare, complications can arise from Botox injections. With that in mind, it's advisable that an MD perform the injection or at least by a nurse under the direct supervision of an MD.