Erasing the Lines

Essay by jspenceCollege, UndergraduateA+, April 2004

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Who knew that years and years of smiling, frowning and squinting would cause wrinkles? Facial muscles pulling on the skin in the same direction constantly causing glabellar lines, where there was once smooth skin is now the beginnings of new wrinkles. The skin has sketched the lines of the frown on the everyday face. You could accept your new look that coincides with your age or you could turn back the clock like many others are doing. And it doesn't even involve cosmetic surgery to do it. No, all it takes is a little poison injected into those unrelenting lines. Botox has become the cosmetic wonder of the new millennium. It brings new life to old faces by erasing the lines of age.

A poisonous toxin seems to be the main ingredient of Botox. "Botulinum toxin is a neuromuscular blocking agent produced by clostridium botulinum, an anaerobic bacterium. This poison grows on contaminated food and when ingested can cause serious paralysis of the muscles.

An injectable form of the sterile, purified Botulinum toxin is administered in small doses to block the release of a chemical called acetylcholine from the nerve cells that contract the muscles." (Mendez-Eastman) In small quantities it can be quite beneficial for cosmetic purposes.

Glabellar lines are the main focus for cosmetic botox points out Susan Mendez-Eastman. Glabellar lines are those unmistakable frown lines, particularly the lines in the forehead and the skin between the eyes. The muscles in these features have stretched the skin, loosening it causing those unwanted wrinkles and lines. Unfortunately botox cannot help with laugh lines since those muscles are needed for eating and talking.

The procedure is relatively easy, much easier that getting a face-lift. A certified doctor should perform the procedure. He will examine the face and mark the areas for...