Highly purified protein made from botulinum toxin that temporarily inhibits muscle movement in the area of placement. Available for many years under brand names Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin, botulinum toxin is a safe and effective cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. Contrary to the common thought that you will be “paralyzed”, you will still have complete feeling in your face. The toxin temporarily blocks the neurotransmitter that sends the signal to the muscle, essentially creating a roadblock. Effectiveness peaks in 6 weeks and gradually wears off in 3-4 months.