The name Botox or Botulinum toxin actually comes from the word “botulous” meaning sausage. This is because the substance is actually related to a NATURALLY occurring poison, occasionally found at dangerous levels in bad meat products which can paralyze and kill. It has been described as “the most poisonous substance known” but certain varieties in minute purified doses have been discovered to actually perform a safe and useful function. Botox injections are now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world and celebrities including Madonna and Kylie Minogue are rumoured to use this procedure for aesthetic purposes.

Botox treatment works by blocking the nerve signals to the affected muscles around the injection site. The muscles become more relaxed and their activity is reduced, in turn reducing the effects on the skin such as lines.