Botox is actually a trade marked name for Botulinum Toxin A manufactured by Allergan, but we all know anti-wrinkle injections by this name. There are a few FDA approved products such as, Azzalure and Bocouture we use in the UK with equally successful results.
It is a prescription only medicine and should be administered by a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse prescriber who is trained, qualified and insured.
It's use in the cosmetic industry is to temporary paralyse the movement of muscles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes (known as 3 areas). And makes these lines/wrinkles appear less obvious.
The cost for treatment ranges from £150-£350 depending on how much product is used and usually lasts between 2-6 months, although this ranges from person to person.
So what's the difference between Botox and it's competitors Azzalure and Bocouture?
Firstly, they are made by different manufacturers, and the way they work, Botox has a bigger molecular structure which doesn't diffuse in the tissue as much as Azzalure for example, another consideration is the licensing of each product for certain areas of the face (crow's feet, glabella) which cost's these companies millions.
It's important to note that while this is a great 'anti-ageing' treatment widely on offer it doesn't't stop the ageing process and has certain limitations for example it can't resolve saggy eyelids.
As with any anti-ageing procedures, skincare plays a huge factor along with a high SPF daily.