Many of our Denver patients often ask us where BOTOX® Cosmetic actually comes from. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been available by prescription in the US for cosmetic procedures since 2002. Since then, millions of Americans use this injection treatment to fight signs of aging, as well as other medical issues. But where does BOTOX® Cosmetic come from?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is made from an inactive, small concentration of Clostridium botulinum, which is a bacterium found in natural environments. Some of these environments may include:
- Cultivated soils
- Untreated waters
- Intestinal tracts of mammals and fish
- Gills and viscera of some shellfish
These naturally occurring forms of Clostridium botulinum are generally quite harmless. However, if the spores are given the conditions to grow and transform, they will start to produce botulinum toxin—the neurotoxin responsible for botulism.
Since BOTOX® Cosmetic has been scientifically measured and dosed in small quantities, this injection is safe for use in humans. If you have a known allergy, or have had adverse reactions to similar injections in the past, be sure to speak with our doctors prior to treatment.
How It's Used
The dosage of Clostridium botulinum in BOTOX® Cosmetic has been safely tested for years, and has been approved for both cosmetic and medical uses by the FDA. It has been proven to minimize and reduce abnormal muscle contraction, ultimately allowing the muscles to relax. This is especially beneficial when considering BOTOX® Costmetic for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as it temporarily paralyzes facial muscles making the skin appear smoother.
This treatment is administered by injecting a very thin needle into the targeted area, such as the forehead, brow or corners of the eyes. Once injected, BOTOX® Cosmetic can take up to 72 hours for noticeable results.
If you live in the Denver area ad would like to learn if BOTOX® Cosmetic or other injectable treatments are right for you, give our educated and experienced team at Facial Aesthetics a call at 303-377-2868. We also welcome patients from Castle Rock and Aurora areas.