What is Botox

Botox is the trade name given to botulinum toxin A and is produced by the same microbe that produces botulism, a form of food poisoning. Botox blocks chemical signals to nerves, causing temporary paralysis of muscle activity.

Botox is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, particularly crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and frown lines between the eyes. Botox injections paralyze muscles beneath the skin, causing them to relax and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Botox is commonly used for cosmetic purposes, but it can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Repetitive neck spasms
  • Excessive sweating
  • Overactive bladder
  • Some causes of crossed eyes