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Botox is a type of toxin produced by a strain of bacteria that was initially isolated in contaminated meat. Today, botox serves a number of medical and therapeutic purposes, including treatment of cerebral palsy and other neurological problems. Perhaps the most well-known use for botox in present times, however, is to minimize the appearance of aging in the skin, especially in the face.
The effects of botox on wrinkles and fine lines was first discovered when it was used by ophthalmologists, who would inject botox into the muscles around the eyes of patients suffering from facial spasms. While the administration of botox was initially intended to address the spasms, doctors noticed that patients also experienced improvement of facial wrinkles.