Botox is a neurotoxin drug derived from lethal botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is commercial brand used in injection form and in small dilute dosage. Botox temporarily paralyses the muscles activity by blocking the nerve impulses reaching them. It is popularly used in cosmetic treatment to eradicate or minimize fine lines, creases, wrinkles on face. It is injected in face muscles to get a smoother firm skin tone. Besides cosmetics, it is also widely used in the medical treatment of overactive bladder, severe headache, excessive sweating and muscle stiffness.
Side effects with botox treatment range from being mild, moderate to severe life threatening. A person may face problem with speaking, swallowing and even breathing following treatment with botox injection or in some cases may cause an infection due to spread of botulinum toxin to other parts of body and result in fatal botulism disease.
Generally, botox treatments are safe when administered under a trained experienced physician. One of the best advantages of botox is that it is non-surgical and just need to be injected.