Monday, January 16, 2006


The cosmetic procedure Botox has gained increasing popularity due to its simple, effective and noninvasive nature. Botox injections were initially intended for treating people with illnesses such as cerebral palsy and other neurological complications. However, after the discovery of the significant benefit of Botox for eliminating wrinkles and signs of aging, the procedure became popular in cosmetic applications after it was approved by FDA in 2002 for cosmetic purposes.

Botox is administered by an injection with a fine needle. It is most commonly used around the forehead, mouth, and eye area. The procedure typically takes ten minutes and is safely carried out in a clinic or doctor's office. Results from Botox procedures are visible within several days and can last between three and four months. Many people who receive Botox injections elect to have treatments every four or five months to maintain the results.

Recently, concerns regarding Botox procedures in non-medical settings have been mounting among doctors and other medical professionals. With its growing popularity, Botox is now often offered in spas, salons, malls, homes, and non-medical, and often unsafe, locations. By seeking Botox treatment in a non-medical setting, you may be at an increased risk of having an unqualified provider, unsafe conditions, and/or defective products . The only safe place to receive Botox injections is under the care of a qualified cosmetic surgery professional in a doctor's office or clinic.

Botox has become a popular anti-aging cosmetic procedure because of its simplicity, effectiveness, and most importantly, its low risk factor. Botox injections are considered a low risk procedure that can be completed successfully with little or no side effects. The most common short-term side affects associated with Botox treatment may include headaches, flu symptoms, respiratory infection, eyelid drooping or nausea. Less common side effects, primarily associated with the injection process are pain, swelling, redness, bleeding, numbness, muscle weakness, and bruising.

Costs in the Philippines:
10,000-20,000+ pesos depending on the site

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