If you've been curious about the Botox procedure or have considered getting Botox in the past, it is important to thoroughly research the topic before committing to getting it done. Botox can stop the signs of aging, and here is more information on how it does that.

Botox is the trade name for a cosmetic substance that includes the neurotoxin botulinum. In large and uncontrolled amounts, this toxin can cause botulism, a form of food poisoning. However, in small and controlled doses used by cosmetic surgeons, it can soften the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles, and prevent them from worsening.

Along with being used for cosmetic issues, Botox can be used to treat medical conditions like uncontrolled blinking, excess body sweat, migraine headaches, writer's cramp, dystonia, and lazy eye. It can also be used to treat bladder overactivity and some prostate problems.

The way Botox works is by blocking nerve impulses to the affected muscles. The muscles that are no longer receiving the impulses will stop contracting, causing the wrinkles above to relax and eventually soften. And since the muscles are no longer contracting, the skin above will not develop deeper and more pronounced wrinkling (and do not worry- correctly administrated Botox will still allow you to make normal facial expressions).

Botox is an excellent alternative to a traditional facelift for patients in their 30s. Patients around that age have usually just started developing signs of aging around the eyes (usually due to sun exposure and squinting), but not around the cheek or mid-face area. The injections will treat the wrinkles that are presenting, without the stress and recovery of a full surgery.

Patients can also combine the treatment with other treatments, such as laser facials, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and various plastic surgeries. Botox itself consists of a block of injections made with a very fine needle. The injections can usually be done in a few minutes, and do not require you to get anesthesia (though you can speak to your surgeon about a topical option, if desired.)

It is also important to have a board certified plastic surgeon administrator the Botox injections. While “Botox parties” are gaining in popularity (parties where people give each other Botox injections, or have a non-certified surgeon come to their homes to do the procedure), they are dangerous and should not be underaken. Failing to use a certified surgeon increases the risk of complications, injury, side effects, and bad results.