Botox is a highly successful, non-invasive cosmetic treatment to treat wrinkles. This affordable treatment is great for smoothing away crows feet, fine wrinkles around the mouth, as well as frown lines in order to achieve more youthful skin. The proven results make it one of the most sought after beauty treatments worldwide.

Botox is the abbreviated name for Botulllinum Toxin Type A. This non-surgical procedure involves injecting protein into the skin to soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines; it is completely safe and only takes minutes. The needle used for this procedure is so fine that many patients do not feel any discomfort. Given the simplicity of this procedure, many women opt to have it done on their lunch breaks!

The procedure works by temporarily paralyzing wrinkles and preventing the line from creasing with normal facial expressions. While it will not completely cure some deeper wrinkles, it is great for softening the overall look of aging skin. Treatments are recommended every three to four months; patients generally have more noticeable results over a period of several treatments.

Doctors do warn that Botox should be done in moderation as to many treatments can cause the face to lack expression. Another temporary side effect of Botox is slight bruising or swelling on or around the treated area; this generally diminishes within the first few days following treatment.

Botox is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic treatment. The cost of treatment depends on the area that is being treated. If lines are deeper then they generally call for more treatments than finer lines do. Treatments, on average, cost between £200 and £400 to treat fine wrinkles; prices go up from there to treat more extreme wrinkles. Do not be embarrassed to ask for a free consultation before treatment in order to avoid an unexpected bill.

Given the great results in such a small amount of time most women now opt for Botox as it allows for an affordable solution to aging skin. It is such a popular procedure that in 2001 more than 1.6 million people received injections which was an increase of 46 percent over the previous year. Botox has become more popular than breast enhancement surgery and is regarded by some as the ultimate fountain of youth.