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What is botox?
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Dr. Richard Westreich
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 doctors agree
In brief: Botox works because
Botox is used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles when they move.
Usually it is a superficial muscle and it typically involves the facial muscles. Since wrinkles are the result of repeated movement, Botox can also creat smoother skin at rest. The trick is to give enough to smooth but not so much that there is no expression. Gives a 3-4 month affect.

In brief: Botox works because
Botox is used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles when they move.
Usually it is a superficial muscle and it typically involves the facial muscles. Since wrinkles are the result of repeated movement, Botox can also creat smoother skin at rest. The trick is to give enough to smooth but not so much that there is no expression. Gives a 3-4 month affect.
Dr. Richard Westreich
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Dr. Alexander Mauskop
By weight Botox is the deadliest poison known to man, but because it is used in such miniscule amount it is safer than Tylenol. It stops excessive contractions of muscles and is used for muscle stiffness in strokes, cerebral palsy and neck spasms (torticolis), excessive bladder contractions. It also blocks nerves from sending pain messages and is used to treat chronic migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, etc. It also stops excessive sweating.
Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows and moderate to severe crow’s feet lines in adults. It can also be used elsewhere for cosmetic effects. Furthermore, it can be used for additional indications like excessive sweating of the armpits and more..
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Botox
Botox is a medication consisting of a purified protein product of the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Botox like so many other medications has been purified from a protein found in nature.
When used at the appropriate injectable doses, Botox has a very consistent & predictable effect on target tissues in the body (muscles and sweat glands).

In brief: Botox
Botox is a medication consisting of a purified protein product of the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Botox like so many other medications has been purified from a protein found in nature.
When used at the appropriate injectable doses, Botox has a very consistent & predictable effect on target tissues in the body (muscles and sweat glands).
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. David Stapenhorst
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Protein
Botox is a purified version of the toxin that is produced by the bacteria that causes botulism.
Botulism toxin. When a person or animal is infected with botulism in the wild it causes paralysis. When the purified protein is used for medical applications it causes paralysis of specific muscles or groups of muscles.

In brief: Protein
Botox is a purified version of the toxin that is produced by the bacteria that causes botulism.
Botulism toxin. When a person or animal is infected with botulism in the wild it causes paralysis. When the purified protein is used for medical applications it causes paralysis of specific muscles or groups of muscles.
Dr. David Stapenhorst
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Natural Protein
Botox is similar to penicillin in the sense that it is found in nature as a product created by another organism, and the product can be purified and used to our benefit when used appropriately.

In brief: Natural Protein
Botox is similar to penicillin in the sense that it is found in nature as a product created by another organism, and the product can be purified and used to our benefit when used appropriately.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Botox
Botulinum toxin is made by a naturally occurring bacteria.
It is purified in the lab and the serotype, a, is produced as a powder which is sterilly supplied in a bottle to the doctor who then mixes it with sterile saline.

In brief: Botox
Botulinum toxin is made by a naturally occurring bacteria.
It is purified in the lab and the serotype, a, is produced as a powder which is sterilly supplied in a bottle to the doctor who then mixes it with sterile saline.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Barry Handler
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Botox
Botox is one of a group of protein poisons made by the bacterium that causes botulism.
Carefully administered in humans it causes selective, temporary muscle paralysis by sticking to the nerve where it joins the muscle and keeping the nerve from causing the muscle contraction. The results are temporary and safe if administered by professionals using approved product.

In brief: Botox
Botox is one of a group of protein poisons made by the bacterium that causes botulism.
Carefully administered in humans it causes selective, temporary muscle paralysis by sticking to the nerve where it joins the muscle and keeping the nerve from causing the muscle contraction. The results are temporary and safe if administered by professionals using approved product.
Dr. Barry Handler
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Dr. Alan Durkin
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Neuromuscular block
Botox is a protein molecule that binds and prevents muscles from contracting.
This allows Botox to reduce the wrinkles caused by muscle movement.

In brief: Neuromuscular block
Botox is a protein molecule that binds and prevents muscles from contracting.
This allows Botox to reduce the wrinkles caused by muscle movement.
Dr. Alan Durkin
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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Weakens muscles
Botox is a purified protein that weakens muscles in areas that it is injected.
Cosmetic Botox can be used on the face for the forehead, between the brows, crows feet, the lower face and neck. It last 3-6months. You can not do it if you are pregnant or breast feedin.

In brief: Weakens muscles
Botox is a purified protein that weakens muscles in areas that it is injected.
Cosmetic Botox can be used on the face for the forehead, between the brows, crows feet, the lower face and neck. It last 3-6months. You can not do it if you are pregnant or breast feedin.
Dr. Seema Patel
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Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Botox
Botox is a cosmetic injectable that reduces the appearance of creases between the brows, on the forehead, and around the eyes and mouth.
More recently, it's been used to decrease excessive sweating in the armpits and palms. Botox is temporary with results lasting 3-4 months in most facial areas, and 2-3 months around the mouth.

In brief: Botox
Botox is a cosmetic injectable that reduces the appearance of creases between the brows, on the forehead, and around the eyes and mouth.
More recently, it's been used to decrease excessive sweating in the armpits and palms. Botox is temporary with results lasting 3-4 months in most facial areas, and 2-3 months around the mouth.
Dr. Henry Mentz
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Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Wrinkle treatment
Botox is a safe and effective treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe facial lines, as well as for excessive sweating disorders, muscle contraction, and migraine headaches.

In brief: Wrinkle treatment
Botox is a safe and effective treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe facial lines, as well as for excessive sweating disorders, muscle contraction, and migraine headaches.
Dr. Andre Berger
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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: How Botox works
Botox works by interfering with the signal that a nerve cell send to a muscle to contract.
So when a tiny amount of Botox is injected into the skin, the "contract" signal is stopped and the muscle relaxes. Eventually new connections are formed between nerve and muscle and contractions are resumed. That's why Botox injections need to be repeated every 3-4 months to maintain effect.

In brief: How Botox works
Botox works by interfering with the signal that a nerve cell send to a muscle to contract.
So when a tiny amount of Botox is injected into the skin, the "contract" signal is stopped and the muscle relaxes. Eventually new connections are formed between nerve and muscle and contractions are resumed. That's why Botox injections need to be repeated every 3-4 months to maintain effect.
Dr. Emily Altman
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Dr. Harry Myers
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Botox
Botox is a drug derived from bacterial neurotoxin produced by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum. This toxin in nature causes botulism, a potentially fatal disease.
In minute concentrations it can be used to stop muscle spasms, reduce facial wrinkles, and treat various other neuromuscular problems.

In brief: Botox
Botox is a drug derived from bacterial neurotoxin produced by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum. This toxin in nature causes botulism, a potentially fatal disease.
In minute concentrations it can be used to stop muscle spasms, reduce facial wrinkles, and treat various other neuromuscular problems.
Dr. Harry Myers
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Agree with Previous
Also, note that Botox has a powerful homing characteristic for the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that probably travels along the course of peripheral nerves.
This feature probably accounts for some of the central effects of Botox which helps headaches far beyond the muscle effects.

In brief: Agree with Previous
Also, note that Botox has a powerful homing characteristic for the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that probably travels along the course of peripheral nerves.
This feature probably accounts for some of the central effects of Botox which helps headaches far beyond the muscle effects.
Dr. James Marx
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Dr. Patrick Schaner
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Onabotulinum toxin A
Botox is a botulinum toxin, onobotulinumtoxina, that causes paralysis of the muscles it is injected into and around.
This is a temporary paralysis that typically last around three months.

In brief: Onabotulinum toxin A
Botox is a botulinum toxin, onobotulinumtoxina, that causes paralysis of the muscles it is injected into and around.
This is a temporary paralysis that typically last around three months.
Dr. Patrick Schaner
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Botox
Botox is a purified protein that, when injected into muscles, causes muscles to relax.
This leads to decreased wrinkling in the skin over the treated muscle and a smoother appearance to the skin.

In brief: Botox
Botox is a purified protein that, when injected into muscles, causes muscles to relax.
This leads to decreased wrinkling in the skin over the treated muscle and a smoother appearance to the skin.
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. H. William Song
Aesthetic Medicine
In brief: Muscle relaxer
Botox is a "toxin" produced by a bacteria.
The same toxin is found in botulism food poisoning. The toxin causes the muscle to relax. Massive doses can be dangerous, but when used for cosmetic purposes, it is very safe. When injected precisely into muscles that we use to frown, it stops the frowning motion and softens the lines caused by frowning. It does not do anything directly to the skin.

In brief: Muscle relaxer
Botox is a "toxin" produced by a bacteria.
The same toxin is found in botulism food poisoning. The toxin causes the muscle to relax. Massive doses can be dangerous, but when used for cosmetic purposes, it is very safe. When injected precisely into muscles that we use to frown, it stops the frowning motion and softens the lines caused by frowning. It does not do anything directly to the skin.
Dr. H. William Song
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Dr. Houtan Chaboki
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Botox - Cosmetic
Botox started with medical applications, such as muscle spasms of the arms and legs.
Cosmetic application came afterward. Botox treatment is provided in the office to help relax facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles. Common treatment areas include in-between the eyebrows and forehead. Results develop over a few days and last for months.

In brief: Botox - Cosmetic
Botox started with medical applications, such as muscle spasms of the arms and legs.
Cosmetic application came afterward. Botox treatment is provided in the office to help relax facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles. Common treatment areas include in-between the eyebrows and forehead. Results develop over a few days and last for months.
Dr. Houtan Chaboki
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