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A 29-year-old male asked:

can botox help in looking younger? what are the side effects?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Botox: Botox paralyzes muscles which clears up fine lines and wrinkles in the face temporarily which then gives a more youthful appearance. It is only temporary. It may paralyze muscles not desired resulting in eye droop or inability to show facial expression. Botox is a very powerful poison if injected into the blood stream it could cause paralysis of major body muscles, the worst scenario death.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
In the right hands: It can diminish the presence of wrinkles in a variety of areas. It does have side effects, many of which are related to the "nerve paralyzing" effects in various locations. Some non "nerve" effects are flu like symptoms and fever and injection site irritation. Otherwise the effects are mostly based on where injection, like a "droopy eye" when injected around the eyes.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is botox?

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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 20 years experience
Purified toxin: Botox is the brand name for onabotulinumtoxin a which is made and marketed by allergan. There are other types of onabotulinumtoxin available. Basically, its an ultrapurified derivative of the bacteria clostridium botulinum that is used to treat many medical and aesthetic conditions.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is botox made from?

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Dr. David Voron
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Botulinum toxin: Botulinum toxin, the toxin produced by the bacteria that occasionally grows in canned foods and is notorious for causing food poisoning.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is botox safe?

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Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 29 years experience
Small amounts: Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring toxin that can be deadly in large doses. The purified toxin is used in minute quantities for cosmetic treatments. There has been no reported fatalities or long term adverse reactions with cosmetic use. In fact, Botox is probably the most highly scrutinized pharmaceutic product on the market. Any serious adverse effect would be all over the news.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How could i get botox..?

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 39 years experience
Cosmetic consult 1st: See your plastic surgeon for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for temporary muscle paralytics like botox.The dose and location of injections are usually decided during the consultation and the areas can then be treated either the same day or usually another day.Ensure that the treatment vial has not been sitting open prior to use - better to get treated by appointment & not walkin.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is botox good?

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Dr. James Andrea
Dentistry 34 years experience
Botox can be helpful: Botox is a neurotoxin that causes relaxation of the muscle. It is helpful in many different cases to relax over active muscles and erase wrinkles caused by contraction of muscles. Muscle tension headaches, migraine headaches, TMJ pain, crows feet, forehead wrinkles, glabellar lines, bunny lines can all be improved with little to no discomfort. It is not immediate but takes 4-5 days.

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