What is Botox?
Botox is a muscle weakening drug that primarily used to reduce wrinkles temporarily (usually up to 6-8 months). Botox is a protein derived from Botulinum toxin. It is a neurotoxin which disrupts nerve signalling processes to stimulate muscle contraction.
In order for any muscle to contract, the nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine. Botulinum toxin injections prevent the release of this messenger, which stops the muscle cells from contracting.
Other than reducing wrinkles, it is approved under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat various health issues such as:
- Eyelid spasms
- Excessive sweating (armpits)
- Bladder disorders
- Jawline Slimming
- Calf Reduction
The costs of the procedure usually starts from $15/unit and varies between Aesthetic clinics.
The 3 popular brands of Botulinum Toxin are Dysport, Xeomin & Botox. While all brands perform the same job, there are some small variation in characteristics.
The biggest distinction is how the Botulinum Toxin spreads. All 3 brands are HSA (Health Science Authority) licensed, Botox and Dysport are more popular primarily due to longer track records.