One of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market is Botox, with millions of procedures being performed every year worldwide. Although an enormous amount of people have heard of Botox, very few actually are aware of what it truly is and other associated details. If you are thinking of getting a Botox treatment, it is in your best interests to know exactly what you are being treated with, how it works and all the information surrounding it.

Many people are unaware that Botox is derived from botulinum toxin, a protein manufactured by a form of bacteria. If a person ingests or is exposed to botulinum toxin, they may develop a serious paralytic illness known as botulism. However, when botulinum toxin is isolated, purified or used in small quantities, it becomes a useful cosmetic and medical aid. Botox is the trade name for such botulinum toxin.

As a paralytic agent, Botox is mainly used to get rid of facial wrinkles. A licensed Botox provider injects Botox into a patient’s face, where it eliminates wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. The effects of Botox last for around 3-4 months, after which it wears off and a Botox provider must readminister the treatment. Botox can be used on nearly any adult. Exceptions include pregnant women, nursing women or people with neurological disorders.

As with many cosmetic procedures, there are some side effects to Botox. The most common side effect is temporary bruising and headaches that resolve after 24-48 hours. Some patients experience eyelid drooping as well. The most common complain associated with Botox is that the client’s facial expression appears to be fixed in a position of shock or confusion, or in a frown. Also, there is the risk of an allergic reaction, although one should note that there have been no allergies reported as of yet due to Botox.

Botox is not a cosmetic procedure to be taken lightly. It is a treatment that needs to be carefully considered before undertaken. Just because you can be in and out of an office in twenty minutes does not mean the procedure cannot result in complications or that it is completely safe. Whenever undertaking any sort of treatment that messes with a person’s body, said person should take special care to do plenty of research and questioning before undertaking the procedure. Better safe than sorry!