Botox is a protein which is used in cosmetic medicine to treat wrinkles. It is administered by injections, which cause the muscles to relax. It is also used for non-cosmetic reasons, such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), twitches, migraine headaches and prostate problems.

The Procedure

The procedure is performed by injecting botox into the muscle using a fine needle. It is usually used for frown lines and crows feet, but sometimes botox is also used for lip injections. The effect of the injections is not permanent. There can be side effects, such as temporary bruising, headache and nausea. Botox is sometimes combined with dermal fillers for better results.

Other treatments that are available include Radiesse, which is a collagen treatment, and Thermage, which involves delivering heat energy to the skin. Unlike laser resurfacing, Thermage does not cause any damage to the skin.

Choosing a Procedure

If you are considering having botox injections, you should take the time to investigate the procedure to ensure that it is suitable for you. You can find out further information on botox from independent medical sites. They will give information on the procedure and the side effects, as well as advising who should not have the procedure done.

There are also review sites, where you can read what customers have to say about the procedure. This can give you an idea of the customer satisfaction levels, which may help you to decide whether or not you want to have the treatment.

If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, you should be able to find a clinic in your area by performing an internet search. There are independent websites which provide details on the clinics, as well as customer reviews.

When choosing a clinic, you should ensure that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You should also have a complete patient evaluation before proceeding with the treatment.

So, to summarize:
  • Botox can be used for cosmetic facial procedures and certain medical conditions
  • The procedure is not permanent
  • You should ensure that it is carried out by a qualified professional