Botox is one of the most universal medical treatments in the world. It is an inexpensive procedure for various health conditions and cosmetic enhancements. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that botox patients inject live toxins into a person's muscles, which is not entirely true.
Although botox is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, it is an isolated and safe toxin strain that has been approved by the FDA for many procedures and diseases. People often receive botox forehead injections to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or to relieve pain associated with chronic migraine headaches.
For the treatment of chronic migraines, botox is believed to target specific muscle pain receptors and reduce inflammation and pain signals to the brain. The drug deactivates pain receptors and blocks the nerve pathways associated with sending these pain signals.
Patients who receive botox to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles and fine lines will often see a decrease in wrinkles even after the drug has expired. Over time, Botox will make the muscles contract and reduce the general appearance of forehead wrinkles.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, Botox is most useful for the lines that appear when a person frowns, smiles, or squints. Wrinkles that are deeper and persist when a person's face is at rest do not disappear after the injection. However, botox is very effective in softening these more permanent lines.