What Is Botox, How Long Does It Last, Are The Injections Safe And How Much Does It Cost?


CHANCES are, you’ve heard of Botox, the seemingly miraculous treatment for wrinkles and fine lines.

But do you know what else it can be used for, how it works and how long it lasts? Read on to find out…

Alamy The name ‘Botox’actually comes from the word ‘botulous’ – which means sausage

What is Botox?

Botox is actually the trade name for a substance injected into the skin which is known to inhibit muscle movement, and that can prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening.

The name ‘Botox’ actually comes from the word ‘botulous’ – which means sausage.

It is called this because the substance is related to a naturally occurring poison, which can occasionally be found at dangerous levels in bad meat products.

Scarily, high levels of this poison have the ability to paralyse, and even kill.

Alamy Botox injections are now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world

However, while it has been described as “the most poisonous substance known”, it all comes down to purity and dose when used safely for cosmetic purposes.

The NHS says: “Botulinum toxin injections, such as Botox and Dysport, are medical treatments that can also be used to help relax facial muscles.

“This makes lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines, less obvious.

“They can temporarily alter your appearance without the need for surgery.”

What is Botox used for?

Botox injections are now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world and there are a plethora of celebs who are rumoured as swearing by youth-keeping injections.

And while it is immensely popular for aesthetic purposes, Botox is actually pretty hand for other conditions too, including stopping excessive sweat.

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Believe it or not, an increasing number of men are having Botox injected into their scrotum.

How does Botox work?

Cosmetic Botox injections work by blocking the nerve signals to certain muscles.

The muscles then become more relaxed, which in turn reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin.

How much do Botox treatments cost?

While available on the NHS for certain conditions, they aren’t funded if they’re purely for cosmetic reasons.

The NHS website estimate each botulinum toxin injection costs £150-£350 per session.

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