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BOTOX Review Summary

Over the past several years, BOTOX® cosmetic injections have become popular for temporarily reducing the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows. The treatment requires a doctor’s prescription, and must also be administered by a physician, and has been approved for people between the ages of 18-65.

BOTOX® is the trademarked name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, and the product is made by Allergan, Inc. It was developed as a way to combat the signs of aging, and since it has been available, a number of alternative products have been developed. We will take a close look at BOTOX® and how it works below.

Treatment At A Glance
According to the official website, the BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, non-surgical procedure that will temporarily smooth frown lines between the eyebrows. The treatment is said to last for ten minutes, and consists of several tiny injections. It is claimed the results should be noticed within several days, and may last for up to four months.

Treatment In Focus
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, and works by reducing the activity of the muscles that cause frown lines to form. Apparently, nearly 3.3 million procedures were performed in 2005.

According to the website, no downtime is required with the treatment. Individuals can expect to be in and out of the doctor’s office quickly, and the treatment may supposedly be done on a lunch break. The company recommends getting an injection every four months, and to begin a treatment schedule, so that the lines do not reappear.

In some cases, side effects may occur. The website states that serious heart problems and severe allergic reactions have been reported rarely, and that if an individual begins to experience any unusual symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking or breathing, a doctor should be notified immediately. More commonly, some people may experience nausea, inflammation or tenderness after getting an injection.

The official BOTOX® website contains information on the injections and what to expect when getting a treatment. It may prove to be a good resource for those interested in scheduling an appointment. The site provides links to assist people in finding doctors who are members of the BOTOX® Cosmetic Physicians’ Network, which is valuable.

We appreciate that the site lists all of the potential side effects that some people may experience after getting a BOTOX® injection. While it is a popular procedure, we feel that people still need to know that adverse effects may be experienced in some cases.

• Procedure is quick
• Testimonials are posted on website

Final Thoughts
Getting a BOTOX® injection may be a good solution for some people concerned about the frown lines that have developed between their eyebrows. The injections may work for most people, although as mentioned, there is a cost involved. A doctor’s prescription is required, as is a visit to the doctor’s office to get the injection, and it will wear off after about four months. The price is not listed on the website as of this review.

As an alternative, women may prefer to try using a natural product that may achieve similar results without the inconvenience, cost or pain associated with BOTOX®. A popular ingredient often used in skin care formulas is Argireline®. Argireline® has been clinically shown to relax the facial muscles; the amino peptide patented formula was designed to mimic the actions of BOTOX® without actually paralyzing the muscles. We have seen effective moisturizers that combine this ingredient with other proven ingredients to reduce wrinkles and firm the skin on the entire face. We suggest looking for products that have gotten positive feedback for best results.

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