Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a proven and authorised drug which has been used in the health industry since the 1980s to treat muscle problems. From the 1990s onwards, the substance has been frequently used in cosmetic and aesthetic contexts in order to reduce visible lines and wrinkles.

Botox is a drug produced in laboratories, which blocks nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles which cause lines and wrinkles. This prevents the muscles from contracting and the skin is smoothed, so that lines and wrinkles disappear. Untreated muscles are not affected, nor are normal facial expressions.

Wrinkles best suited to Botox treatment are those caused by muscle use, i.e. expression wrinkles. Wrinkles between the eye brows, horizontal wrinkles of the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes can all be treated with Botox.

Wrinkles which exist even when the face is relaxed are best treated with Restylane, as well as the mouth and chin. For further information, see Restylane.