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What is it?

What Is Botox?
I have been hearing a lot about something called Botox lately, usually as a punchline or as an excuse for a woman not wanting to go out with me.
“So what is it,” I pondered:
About BotoxÆ
BotoxÆ is the brand name of botulinum toxin type A that has been in use since about 1990. In 2001, botulinum toxin type B was introduced under the brand name MyoblocÆ. (Dr. Gulevich has experience with both). Both forms of this naturally occuring substance, BotoxÆ and MyoblocÆ, are injected into muscle that is contracting abnormally. The medications partially weaken the nerve to the muscle for about four to six months. BotoxÆ has thus proven very useful in people who suffer from abnormal contractions of muscle.
BotoxÆ injections are often guided by an electromyogram (EMG). The hollow-needle EMG locates the area of worst contraction within the muscle, allowing the BotoxÆ to be injected at the site that will produce the best result.