What is Botox?
Botox is a so-called exotoxin, which is generated by different stems of clostridium bacteria. It is one of the strongest neurotoxins and it is used in medicine for the therapy of spasms as well as in aesthetical medicine for the smoothing of wrinkles.
The great fear of botulinum toxin resulted from cases of botulism, where the toxin had often been inhaled. At intramuscular injections as they are performed in aesthetic medicine there have not been any serious side effects due to the highly diluted injection solution. Nevertheless you should pay attention to choose a doctor who is well informed about Botox-treatments.
The effect of Botox in wrinkle treatment
Botox starts to have an effect after about 4-7 days after injection and inhibits muscle activity for 4-6 month. After that, the normal muscle reaction returns.
Botox can smoothen wrinkles by inhibiting muscles, as long as they are not already buried too deeply in the skin. With careful dosage the complete solidification of the face is prevented, so that facial expressions are preserved further on.
Can Botox cause long-term damage?
No, it cannot. The treatment with botulinum toxin has been carried out successfully since 40 years in the therapy of uncontrollable muscle movements that are called spasms. At this, Botox is injected in far greater dosages than in aesthetics. Intensive studies on the microscope make it very clear that the body degrades Botox and neurons are left behind undamaged and unaltered.