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Botox Treatment

Updated on October 22, 2011

Ageing is one bitter truth in human life which cannot be denied. Through out ages humanity has tried to either completely banish the signs of ageing or to slow down the process. Countless remedies have been developed and proposed in so many different fields of research.

Many secrets potions have been tried and numerous other techniques have been used to stop ageing. But we all know this fact that no force what so ever can stop the natural degrading of human body or in fact every thing in this Universe. The only thing we are capable of doing is just hide the effects of ageing in other words hide the truth.

As humanity developed, new and more modern methods of anti-ageing techniques started to develop. Many cosmetics,cream and surgeries have been tried with much success. Presently so much has been done in this regard that this is treatment is now a vast branch of science which is constantly developing.

Modern Science And Wrinkles

We are living in an age where we ask answers to so many thing from science. Ageing is to one problem which we need a solution of and that too has an answer in modern day science. It is true that science now offers solutions to the ageing problem there are so many different forms of plastic surgeries and facial reconstruction methods that can be applied to prevent ageing or to make a face more appealing.

Wrinkles can sometime also appear prior to the normal ageing creases that appear when one is old enough. These wrinkles appear because of exposure to sunlight which causes dryness and creases to be formed.

History Of Botox Therapy

The history of treatment is surprisingly quite old and goes back to some 100 years ago. It was first discovered by a German physician Justinus Kerner. He identified it as a toxin found in certain bacteria. After this discovery, in 1944 Edward Schantz was able to culture this toxin and named it as Clostridium botulinum.

Later on many scientists came to know about the staggering amount of uses that this toxin can render in treating certain diseases. Most importantly its treatment in removing ageing signs became popular since then and is till being widely used.


Botulinum is a highly toxic poison or in other words it can be regarded as the most deadliest toxin ever made. It became famous with the name of Botox, which we are all familiar with. Due to its deadly nature, countries also started to make biological weapons out of it which if used, could be highly lethal.

But being deadly is not what it is meant for. Scientists now know it as highly effective toxin in stopping the normal contraction and relaxation in our muscles due signals provided through our brain. By injecting Botox on to a face, it cause paralysis to these tiny facial muscles, stopping the process of wrinkle formation.

How It Works?

Botox is used in a dilute solution in treating wrinkles. This type of Botox solution is commonly known as Botox type A and so far is the most popular and widely used one in this treatment.

This type of Botox is injected on certain facial spots to reverse the process of wrinkle formation that becomes more prominent in aged people. Specially when some one smiles or shows certain facial expression, these wrinkles become prominent. Botox actually stops this muscle contraction making your skin look young.

The brain actually sends signal to facial muscles using a neurotransmitter, which transmits these message to the muscle allowing them to contract or relax when required. The Botox injections actually relaxes these muscle for a period of few months during which no wrinkles are seen when an facial expression is shown.

Subsequent doses of injection are then required after some time so that the effect of Botox doesn't finish completely. Although the Botox injection works quite fine on most facial spots but the areas called the smile lines at the corner of our mouths shows little effect.

Besides its treatment in reducing wrinkles, it can also be used to release muscle tension caused by migraine and other related diseases. But its major drawback is that its effect lasts only up to a period of 4-6 months.

Side Effect Of Botox

Almost all medicine that we use in our day to day lives have some side effects associated to it. Similarly the treatment of Botox has its on side effect like; swelling,bruising and pain. The side effects, percentage also depends on the practical experience of the physician carrying out the treatment, as a more experience physician will be an expert in doing it to perfection.

The most common side effects are associated with the eyes which include; drooping eyelids,dried eyes and double vision. But over all, the density of side effects are less if proper dosage is used.

A Summary Of Botox Treatment

Following are the main things that are done during the treatment:

  • Before the treatment starts the doctor will tell you to avoid medicines like aspirin,ibuprofen and also alcohol for about two weeks as it may cause bruising later on.
  • The places where the muscles contract are first marked before injecting Botox.
  • After these Botox injections are injected with the required dosage, on the marked points. This may cause slight discomfort.
  • The injections are injected just like the usual ones we get by first cleaning the area with antiseptic.
  • Once injected the patient is adviced not to scratch or rub the area for 12 hours.
  • After injecting Botox the patient is not allowed to change positions as the toxin may reach some undesired muscle area.
  • The treatment lasts for upto 20 minutes after which the patient can leave.


Some Facts Related To Botox Treatment

  • Botox is one of the most effective method to remove wrinkles appearing on the face. The patient can resume normal activity once the treatment is over.
  • There are no surgical signs appearing on the skin after the treatment and one will look normal as usual.
  • Botox only reduces wrinkle formation on the skin and cannot actually improve the over all young look of the face.
  • Botox treatment is temporary and its effect may last for up to 4-6 months after which the treatment should be done again.
  • After repeated doses of Botox, it may loose its effectiveness on the patient's skin.
  • There are some people having certain medical conditions like pregnancy or breast feeding, should not have this treatment. One should tell the doctor about all his/her medication intake before taking the treatment.
  • It is up to the patient that he/she decides which cosmetic treatment is best for him/her, as there are a number of option available. Each of which has it own pros and cons which one should thoroughly discuss with his/her doctor.


You Can Know All About Botox And Its Demonstration, From This Video


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    • Aleks Kos profile image

      Aleks Kos 

      11 years ago

      Botox(sometimes known as botax) injections are commonly performed and generally safe. Just like any other medical procedure, Botox is not without its share of side effects.

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      11 years ago

      I am glad to know that Botox is a highly effective toxin in stopping the normal contraction and relaxation in our muscles due signals provided through our brain. But I am shocked that by injecting Botox into these wrinkles that it causes paralysis to these tiny facial muscles, stopping the process of wrinkle formation. This is amazing. Thanks for the info. Susan

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      12 years ago from Australia

      Great Hub, I've recently had Botox for Lip Enhancement.

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      12 years ago

      The brain actually sends signal to facial muscles using a neurotransmitter, which transmits these message to the muscle allowing them to contract or relax when required. I found it very iteresting that Botox injections actually relaxes these muscle for a period of few months during which no wrinkles are seen when an facial expression is shown also. Thanks

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      12 years ago

      This was a very interesting and informative article on Botox...I particularly liked the history of the substance. I think it has truly convienced me that I should not ever use this as a means of looking younger. Thanks Mary


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