Botox is common place in the celebrity world these days with Kylie Minogue, Elizabeth Hurley and Madonna all rumoured to have regular injections to keep wrinkles at bay.

Botox is the most well-known non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedure and it can be used for all different purposes all over the body.

Botulinum toxin is actually one of the most poisonous naturally occuring substances found in the world. Botox has been used for medical reasons since the 1950s becuase of it's ability to paralyse muslces that work involuntary.

However in 2002 the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of botox for cosmetic procedures including the reduction of frown lines on the forehead and to help prevent excess sweating under the arms.

These days Botox has a number of different uses and can provide an alternative to surgery for millions of people.

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Eye Enhancement

Botox is often used to get rid of crows feet and the tell tale bags under the eyes- the result of years of too many nights out.

Small amounts of botox can be injected into the creases around the eyes to make the whole area appear much brighter and younger.

Botox isn't just used as a beauty treatment- in fact it can help with a condition known as blepharospasm. This is when muscles around the eye contract uncontrolably causing excessive blinking, eyelid tics, twitches and the inability to keep the eyes open for any long periods of time.

Studies have shown that 90% of blepharospasm notice a significant reduction in twitches for 4 to 6 months after having botox injections around the eyes.

The Cost

The results of a Botox eye job can last anything up to 12 months and usually cost around £600- £1000.

Jaws and Jowls

Botox is now being used to give the jawline a bit of a lift as gravity takes its toll and the face starts to sag.

Small amounts of botox are injected into the muscles above the jaw to paralyse them and stop the skin being pulled downwards.

The Costs

Botox around the jawline usually lasts 4 to 6 months and costs upwards of £350.

Nose Job

The latest Botox treatment can enhance the appearance of the nose.

Injecting Botox along with fillers such as Restylane into the very tip of the nose it can make it look more snub and cute withou going therough the pain of a full nose job.

These can also be injected into the sides of the nose to even out any bumps and give a more symetric look.

Costs
A non-surgical nose job costs upwards of £1000 and the affects last around six months to a year.

The Risks


Botox can be injected in a matter of minutes and normally the biggest after effect is a bit of bruising from where the needle enters the skin.

However there are also other risks to consider including allergic reaction to Botox which can cause redening of the skin, headaches and flu-like symptoms as well as more serious reactions and even death in very rare cases.

Botched botox can also result in uneven facial expressions i.e one droopy eye or a permenant look of suprise. This usually wears off within a few weeks.

The Celebs

Tons of our fave stars are prone to the odd botox injection with Cher, Madonna, Celine Dion and even hard man Sylvester Stalone all rumoured to have indulged in some.

Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barryman admitted last month that he is proud to have had botox to help keep him looking young and fresh.

"I have Botox. The key is not to do the forehead. Men need forehead lines and doing the forehead makes you look like Nicole Kidman," he advised.

Nicole Kidman's alleged Botox treatment is perhaps the most well known due to the criticism her tight-faced look has gotten her.

She's been nicknamed 'batface' due to the sharp features and unnatural look she has been sporting after too much Botox.

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