How It Works
Before You Get Botox
Botulinum toxin – commonly used in aesthetic treatments under the trade name Botox – is a neurotoxin produced by a bacterium. It can be injected into muscles in minute doses. What it does is weaken signals from the nerves to the muscles at the injection site so that a wrinkle formed by muscle contractions (like frowning) will relax and soften, explains Dr Sylvia Ramirez, medical and scientific director of Cutis Medical Laser Clinics. Three brands of botulinum toxin products are used in beauty treatments: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, which essentially do the same job.
About 15 minutes before the injection, numbing cream is