BotoxYears of squinting and other facial muscle movements can take their toll on the eye area, leaving crow's feet and other noticeable lines.
BotoxAfter treatment, the skin around the eye area appears smoother and more taut.

Botox®: What is it and how does it work?

Botox® Cosmetic is a purified form of the bacteria clostridium. It is not detrimental to the body overall, because it used locally in such small amounts. The effect is achieved by causing relaxation of the muscles that produce wrinkling around the eyes and forehead. Results last anywhere from three to five months. Once the Botox® "wears off," more injections are necessary to assist in maintaining results. Relaxation of the muscles where the Botox® is injected causes lines and wrinkles to "fade" and it is possible to continue with this type of regimen indefinitely.

Are Botox® Cosmetic Injections safe?

They have been used for over fifteen years in the ophthalmologic field and for over 6 years in the cosmetic arena, with no unsafe side effects thus far. However, to be on the safe side, pregnant women and individuals with neurological diseases should not receive Botox® injections.

Are there other Botox® Cosmetic benefits?

Alternative benefits other than those mentioned above have been found in migraine patients, who, after receiving Botox® injections, experienced a lessening or even eradication of headache pain. It is speculated that these patients' migraines were associated with muscular tension. Once the problem areas were injected with Botox®, their pain subsided.

The FDA recently also approved Botox® injections for the armpit areas to control excessive sweating - highly beneficial to anyone who finds this embarrassing problem interfering with their social or professional life.

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