What is Botox?

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic medical treatments – but what actually is it?

Botox – or Botulinum toxin – is a neurotoxin protein which is injected into the skin, helping to temporarily reduce muscle movement. It works by blocking nerve signals from being transmitted from the nerves to the muscles and is widely used by the cosmetic industry to treat facial wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance.

Since being developed in the early 1980s, Botox has firmly established itself in the industry and is an FDA Approved drug that is used worldwide.

Although it is frequently referred to as Botox, this is actually just a brand name. It can be sold under different names by different manufacturers, but it is essentially the same product.

Why Botox?

Exploring the Benefits

When administered correctly, Botox can deliver transformative results and help you feel like a more confident version of yourself.

As we age, our skin produces less collagen which means it loses elasticity and becomes more fragile. When this happens, fine lines and wrinkles begin to form, making the face look older.

These fine lines can also be caused or exacerbated by other factors such as dehydration, sun damage, poor skincare, and the repeated use of certain facial muscles – especially in the form of common facial expressions like frowning.

An Overview of Botox Injections

Botox is a prescription-only medication, meaning it can only be administered by a qualified medical practitioner, such as a doctor, pharmacist, dentist, or nurse.

This means that it’s essential that you find a qualified and trusted practitioner, to minimize the risk of things going wrong and any complications. Before getting Botox, it is recommended that a consultation takes place. This gives you the time and space necessary to learn more about the treatment, ascertain whether you’re the right candidate, and ask any questions that you might have.



Botox is a non-surgical cosmetic enhancement option that is approved for people aged 18 and older. Individuals who are not a candidate for Botox are:

  • Women who are pregnant, who suspect they are pregnant, or who are breastfeeding
  • Individuals who are suffering from neuromuscular disorders
  • Individuals who have active inflammation or injection at the injection site

However – the best way of knowing if you are a suitable candidate for Botox is to book an appointment and speak to our aesthetic professionals. They will discuss your medical history and establish whether is safe to proceed with the treatment.



Botox is highly effective at treating lines between the brows, on the forehead, crow’s feet, bunny lines, smile lines and lip flip. It delivers great results when used alone, but also when used in conjunction with cosmetic fillers.

Botox is popular for many things but some of our favorites are jaw slimming, neck lines and eyebrow lifts.



If you’re considering getting Botox, it’s helpful to know what to expect.

Before getting injected, a consultation will take place. Here, our practitioner will talk about your needs and expectations, examining the skin to see which areas of the face would benefit most from the treatment.

Once this has been established, they will inject the targeted areas.

Although Botox injections aren’t designed to hurt, they are not totally painless – so you may feel some slight discomfort. After the treatment, our practitioner will advise you of an aftercare routine and what to expect.

Botox Results

Although ageing is a natural process and something that everyone has to go through, looking older can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem.

Botox injections are therefore an attractive option for anyone who wants to look younger, reduce wrinkles or simply have a more refreshed complexion.

Botox Recovery

A key benefit of Botox is that it’s a very quick treatment! This has earned it the title of a “lunchtime treatment” – meaning you can return to work or your normal activities on the day of treatment. Unlike plastic surgery, it also has the bonus of being relatively painless.

Whilst the results of Botox don’t appear immediately, it is a fast-working product where effects are usually seen within two weeks.

Are There Any Alternatives to Botox?

Yes, there are! If you’re looking for an alternative to Botox, it’s worth considering Dysport or Xeomin. These are both FDA-approved drugs, which work in the same way.


Dysport is a temporary non-surgical wrinkle treatment. FDA recommends using three times as much Dysport to see the same result as Botox.


Xeomin is one of the top Botox alternatives. It eliminates frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet, and forehead lines in a few quick injections.


The results of Botox are temporary but long-lasting, typically lasting between three to six months. However, it’s important to note that longevity varies from person to person, as the product may break down quicker in some people. As the neurotoxins wear off over time, retreatment is always needed to maintain the desired results.

Yes. During the procedure, a small amount of Botox is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. In a short appointment, about 15 injections are made to the underarm area. This procedure takes no longer than 15 minutes and lasts up to 6 months.

Since Botox is a powerful treatment with potential risks and adverse effects so it should only be done by highly qualified professionals, such as our medical team at Nordic Med Spa in Long Island, NY.

Yes, you can combine Botox with other cosmetic treatments. Botox is a safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments like dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels to help enhance your overall results.

When combining treatments like Botox with other cosmetic procedures, it’s important to consult with a qualified professional first. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of action for your desired outcome.

The most common Botox treatment areas are:

  • Forehead Wrinkles
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Marionette Lines and Corners of the Mouth
  • Forehead Frown Lines
  • Smoker’s Lines
  • Neck Bands
  • Sagging Brows

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Whether you want to target specific wrinkles, or just want to rejuvenate your appearance – we can help!

Our team is made up of trusted and qualified professionals who combine their years of experience working in the aesthetics industry with their natural flair and artistry to deliver natural yet transformative results.