Botox injections have become a popular non-surgical approach to enhance one's appearance. Since 2002, when it was first approved for cosmetic use, millions of individuals have undergone Botox procedures to reduce facial wrinkles, eyelid droop and crow's feet. In addition, many non-cosmetic medical uses for Botox have been sanctioned since its initial approval. Despite its popularity and obvious benefits, there are some risks associated with Botox that should be considered.
Botulinum toxin (the main ingredient used in Botox) is a very potent neurotoxin (nerve blocker) produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.