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Botox sales in the US alone were more than $300,000,000 last year even though its cosmetic benefits cannot yet be advertised direct to consumers and doctors.

Botox is made from botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is normally known for its ability to cause a type of food poisoning called botulism that can be contracted from improper handling of meat products. However, in Botox, the botulinum toxin is diluted to a safe level for injection into humans. To be created, the bacteria clostridium botulinum must be allowed to develop and spore, and this causes the neurotoxin responsible for the paralysis of the muscles. Once the spores form, they emit the botulinum toxin which can then be collected. The botulinum toxin is then so diluted that little of the actual toxin itself is injected into the body.

BOTOX: Is it worth it?

Women of all ages use Botox.

Side Effects:•Droopy eyelids •Nausea •Muscle weakness •Facial pain •Indigestion or heartburn •Tooth problems •High blood pressure

The cost of Botox injections varies depending on your location, the amount of Botox you receive and who administers the treatment. It can cost $10-20 a unit. A forehead would normally cost $300.00 or more.

Botox is legal. Laws vary from state to state as to who can give the injections.



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