What is BOTOX?


Botulinum toxin or Botox is a protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Botox is very toxic but for its cosmetics and medical uses, it is given at very tiny doses which only have effect locally where injected.

Botox weakens muscles by interfering with the transmission of nerve impulses into the muscle cells. This action is temporary and lasts 3 to 4 months.

Botox can be used for cosmetic and medical purposes.

As we age, some of the face muscles develop increased their tone which in addition of loss of skin elasticity contribute to the development of wrinkles. By relaxing certain muscles and taking advantage of the activity of other untreated muscles (that will now contract unopposed), Botox can be used to erase dynamic wrinkles when strategically injected into certain facial muscles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that are exagerated by movement, such as the frown lines and the crows feet around the eyes.

The main medical (non cosmetic) uses of Botox are conditions characterized by uncontrolable muscle activity that can not be weakened by drug therapy. Is is also being used for chronic migraines.

26 Mar 2011    Combined used of BOTOX and FILLERS


Replacement of volume in the face and relaxation of the muscles has not been possible till recently. Combining facial fillers with Botox the results of using these noninvasive techniques can be spectacular. Fillers can restore facial appearance by replacing loss volume. Their combined affect increases the duration of the fillers. Current practices now strive to correct wrinkles by restoring volume and also relaxing the pull of muscles that create negative facial expressions such as glabellar folds, mouth frown, crow's feet, horizontal forehead lines, and perioral wrinkles.