Botox, the cosmetic, injectable version of the botulinum toxin, has become increasingly popular since it first burst on the scene. Over 10 million Botox procedures have been performed in the United States alone and its popularity seems to be continually on the rise as more and more people are coming to love this fast acting, virtually painless way to reduce those pesky common signs of aging. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for wrinkles and blocking the nerve impulses to reduce activity and create a smoother more youthful appearance. Administering Botox takes only a few minutes- so few in fact that many people even opt for a Botox touchup on their lunch breaks. The results, which generally last up to 4 months, are visible immediately.
Common areas treated with Botox include the furrow lines of the brow and frown lines. Botox has also been effective in reducing excessive sweating, muscle spasms of the neck and eyes and in relieving migraines. Talk to your plastic surgeon to find out if Botox may be right for you.