Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

THE QUICK FIX.(Sage)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann - Photo by Dean Hanson

BODY TONES

Botox is an easy and popular way to take off a few years. But is it safe?

Botulism is bad -- everybody knows that. But now, one person's poison is becoming an increasingly popular way for Albuquerque women to maintain a youthfully serene brow.

From the deadly food toxin that causes botulism comes Botox, a harmless, purified protein injected minutely into the facial muscles to smooth wrinkles.

Doctors use Botox injections to temporarily paralyze the tiny muscles used to form frown and squint lines around the eyes and forehead. Freezing the muscles keeps the wrinkles from being refurrowed and smoothes their appearance. The injections last only three to four months, but doctors say subsequent injections can cause the problem muscles to permanently atrophy. …

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