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					With all the hype over people getting Botox injections for everything, one has to
wonder just what it is that Botox does and how exactly does it work? People seem to
resort to this as a solution to their age dilemma. Some people swear by it while others
make fun of the effects it has on your face. People say that when you undergo such
procedure, you won't be able to emote feelings of happiness and anger as well as you
once did. To understand exactly what Botox is and what it does, we first have to know
just how this amazing miracle of science came to be.

Botulinum toxin is where Botox basically comes from. Its original purpose was to
treat neurological disorders. It was only in 1989 that the procedure was finally
approved by the FDA to treat eye muscle disorders and yes, even wrinkles. In 2000, it
was once again approved to treat cervical dystonia. In layman's terms, the disease
causes severe neck and shoulder contractions. It was during one of their research
studies that doctors discovered how Botox softened the frown lines between the
eyebrows. It was after this discovery that Botox officially came into existence. As of
today, it has now become the fastest growing division in the cosmetic industry.

To start with, when Botox is injected into the muscles of the forehead, it blocks nerve
impulses. As a result, the muscles that cause frowning weaken. Eventually, if you are
given enough of these injections, your frown lines can start to get softer. In many
cases, these lines can eventually disappear. Botox is not limited to the wrinkles and
lines on the forehead. This can also be used on the other parts of the face that are
ridden with crow's feet and deep lines.

How does it exactly work? Every time you use your facial muscles, wrinkles can
happen. The underlying contractions of facial muscles eventually leave a mark on
your face. When these creases become permanent, skin cream or moisturizer may not
be enough. That's where Botox comes in. After being injected into the affected area, it
temporarily paralyzes these muscles so that you can't make a variety of facial
expressions. That's why people who have had these injections literally look like
mannequins. The results of Botox injections become fully visible after three days. The
effects may last as long as four to five months and with time, the muscle activity
changes, thus reducing the effects of Botox.

It may come as no surprise that Botox is not cheap at all. The average cost of just one
injection in the United States is about $350 or so. This also depends on the area of
your face and the degree of aging. The area near the eyes is naturally more expensive,
costing between $400 and $900 per injection. For large surface areas such as the
forehead, it can cost as much as $1,300.

There could be serious issues as well. Botox has botulism, which is a food poisoning
toxin. When it spreads to your system, you can put your health at risk. However, if
you not allergic to any of its ingredients, you might not suffer at all. This is the
modern fountain of youth and this is the potion that will make you look younger.

				
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