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What is Botox® Made Of?

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard about a cosmetic treatment called Botox®. But what exactly is it? 

Botox® is a mash-up of the words “botulinum” and “toxin.” Hence, bo-tox. It’s made by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum and blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, preventing signals from the brain from activating muscle cells. 

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About Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum toxin was initially implicated in a disease called botulism that resulted from improperly cooked meat in eighteenth-century Germany. But by the 1980s, cosmetic surgeons discovered that administering it in small quantities to the right facial muscle tissues could enhance a person’s esthetics considerably. It seemed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, helping to make patients look more youthful.

It’s important to point out that Botox® is different from dermal fillers. It does not add plumpness to the face or stimulate collagen production. Instead, it is a relaxant that takes the strain out of your facial muscles, reducing the extent to which they crumple your skin when you make an expression.  

Sometimes, furrows are the result of pure aging, but they can also form because of overactive muscles deep in the face. Botox is unique because it stops muscle fibers from firing directly by blocking signals from the central nervous system that tell muscles to fire. As such, it can complement dermal filler procedures. 

Botox® Safety Facts

The idea of putting a “toxin” into your body can seem a little strange to some patients. But it turns out that Botox® is one of the safest cosmetic treatments available. 

Here are some remarkable facts about the procedure you should know: 

  • Only 36 cases of adverse effects of Botox® were reported to the FDA between 1989 and 2003 – and more than half of those were caused by underlying conditions, and not the substance itself. 
  • More than 4.5 million people received Botox® and similar medications to fight wrinkles in 2016 alone. 
  • Botox® is currently the number one cosmetic procedure in the US

Consultations Available Now

Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead

Take the first step. Get your questions answered by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Physician Skin Solutions for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Benefits of Botox®

The benefits of getting Botox® at Physician Skin Solutions include: 

  • A reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • The ability to fight wrinkling on multiple areas of the face, including the forehead, brow, crow’s feet area, smile lines, upper lip, and chin
  • Effects that last between three and four months
  • Quick treatment that could take as little as ten minutes 
  • No downtime – return to your regular schedule immediately
  • Excellent safety record

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox®?

Good candidates for Botox® include physically healthy people who are not pregnant or nursing and do not have a history of neuromuscular diseases. 

Patients who should not have Botox® include those with existing weakness in the targeted muscles, drooping eyelids, thick facial skin, and deep scarring.

Please note that the degree of improvement in facial wrinkles can vary from patient to patient.  


*Individual Results May Vary


Take the First Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about how Botox® works?

Schedule a consultation with Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead today by filling out the form on our website or by calling our office directly at 1-(602) 843-4040.

Physician Skin Solutions serves the greater Glendale, AZ area.

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