Groot Hertoginne Instituut

What is Botox?

Botox is the trade name (Botox®, Allergan) for a substance injected into the skin which is known to inhibit muscle movement, and that can prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening.

The name “Botox” actually comes from the word “botulous” – which means sausage.

Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million treatments administered each year.

Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.

Botox is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles. People also use Botox to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.