What is botox made of?

Is it really made from bacteria?


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Yes, Botox is indeed composed of a potent neurotoxin called “botulinum toxin” which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The Clostridium Botulinum bacteria is the same bacteria that causes botulism poisoning and is found naturally in forest soil and freshwater lakes.


While botulinum toxin is extremely poisonous in large doses, in smaller doses it has many beneficial applications — and is used most frequently for cosmetic purposes.

While it might sound scary to get injected with a bacteria-derived neurotoxin, Botox injections are FDA approved in the United States for cosmetic purposes and are one of the world’s most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Aside from the well-known "Botox" brand name, botulinum toxin is also sold under the brand names Dysport and Xeomin.

All brands of botulinum toxin share the same basic mechanism of action:

The botulinum toxin prevents the production of the natural neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which in turn prevents nerve endings in the face from communicating with facial muscles. This causes paralysis at the injection site by preventing muscle contractions.

Muscular paralysis of the facial muscles limits the formation of facial wrinkles and reduces the visibility of smile lines, frown lines and crow’s feet -- depending on the injection site. The effect is a smoother complexion, with less noticeable wrinkles.

The full effect of botulinum toxin injections takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks to become fully visible. The effect typically lasts for 3 to 6 months.

If you're interested in Botox treatments, be sure to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to ensure you get the best results.

Botox, Dysport & Xeomin are all different brands of the compound Botulinum Toxin (much like Coke & Pepsi).  Yes, they are derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum.  It is a compound that acts to locally paralyze or decrease muscle movement into the muscle in which it was injected only.  While it is made from a bacteria, and is a 'toxin', it is extremely safe and has been used for quite a long time.  

Each brand has slightly different molecular characteristics.  But in general they all begin working within a few days of being injected, their full effect is realized at 1-2 weeks, and last between 3-6 months.  

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Yes. Botox is made from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.

The "Botox bacteria" is the same bacteria responsible for dangerous botulism poisoning. It produces botulinum toxin -- a potentially dangerous neurotoxin.

One variety of botulinum toxin (type H) is widely considered to be the most deadly toxin in the world. Botulinum toxin types A and B, on the other hand, are much less toxic. These types of botulinum toxin are FDA-approved in the United States for cosmetic purposes and are sold under the brand names Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin and Dysport.

Botulinum toxin injections work by preventing the release of neurotransmitters from the nerve endings which activate the facial muscles. The effect is a temporary paralysis of the muscles in the treatment area.

When muscle contractions in the face are prevented, visible wrinkles are reduced and the formation of new wrinkles is slowed down. By carefully selecting injection sites on the face, Botox injections prevent the formation of crow's feet, frown lines, smile lines and other facial wrinkles.

Despite it's scary sounding origins, Botox is a very safe treatment with a very low incidence of serious side effects. Side effects may include headache, some mild bruising around the treatment area, mild flu-like symptoms or nausea.

Very rare, but potentially more serious side effects include allergic reactions, vision problems or feelings of muscle weakness.

Today, Botox is the world's most common cosmetic treatment, with millions of procedures performed annually in the United States. If you’re interested in getting Botox or Dysport injections I strongly advise you to contact a doctor who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for best results.

Botox and competing brand names Xeomin, Myobloc and Dysport all have the same active ingredient: Botulinum toxin. The toxin is derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin has the ability to temporarily paralyze muscles, preventing their natural contraction. Botox treatments take advantage of this action to prevent the movement of the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.

Botox is among the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. It is widely preferred by most patients over invasive plastic surgery, and carries a very low amount of risk compared to other cosmetic procedures. The effects are temporary and the incidence of serious side effects is extremely low.

Botox can have serious implications for pregnancy and should be avoided by pregnant women. Botox treatments/Botulinum toxin are also FDA-approved for a number of other conditions including chronic migraine headaches, excessive underarm sweating and cervical dystonia.

If you are interested in Botox treatments, it’s important to understand why you should only consult with experienced, professional injectors. For best results and the safest practices you can be confident you’ll be in good hands under any doctor who has met the high standards required for certification by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA), also called botulinum toxin type A, is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.Thank you, Dr. Calle