What is Botox?

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What Is Botox?1

What Is Botox

In cosmetic applications, a Botox injection, consisting of a small dose of botulinum toxin, can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Many people would probably be surprised to know that Botox® is actually Botulinum toxin A, one of 7 deadly poisons (labeled A-F) produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium.

Medical grade Botox® is produced in a laboratory and is FDA approved for multiple uses. Still, it remains extremely deadly even at very low doses. Botox® should ONLY be given by well-trained medical doctors who are prepared for and capable of dealing with any side effects that may arise. Generally, however, Botox® is very safe for use on patients. Side effects are not common and are usually very minor.

How Long Do the Effects of Botox® Last?1

Once injected, Botox® usually requires 24 to 72 hours to take full effect. Thereafter, muscle paralysis usually then lasts from 8 to 12 weeks.

As the effects of Botox® begin to wear off, patients generally notice a gradual disappearance of muscle paralysis rather than a sudden return to full muscle function.

For more information on the potential complications of Botox®, see What Are The Potential Complications of Botox®?

1. Malhotra PS. BOTOX® Injections to Improve Facial Aesthetics. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/841964-overview: Medscape Reference; 2012.