Botulinum toxin is currently used to treat several medical conditions, with more applications under careful investigation by dermatologists. It is generally used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines which appear whenever you smile, laugh, or frown. It is used to treat, medically, certain eye disorders such as crossed eyes and blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking of the eyes) and movement disorders such as cervical dystonia, torticollis, chronic migraine, and overactive bladder. How Botox Works
According to scientists, Botox is one of the most poisonous substances ever known to man. When in high concentration, it can result in botulism — a severe, life-threatening health condition, which can even lead to death. In spite of its toxicity, botulinum toxin is scientifically proven to be valuable. It works by preventing signals from the cells of the nerves reaching the muscles. When injected into the muscles, they (muscles) can no longer contract, and this causes the wrinkles to relax and soften as time goes on. Botulinum toxin temporarily brings to a reduction the muscular activity by paralyzing the facial muscles. The Longevity of Botox
Botox helps prevent the release of the neurotransmitter from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction — a junction where nerves send messages to the muscles. The effect of Botox on the face lasts 3-6 weeks. As the muscles gradually return, the wrinkles will begin to reappear. Are the Injections really Safe?
Botox is considered safe. But it is only safe if you get treatment from a board-certified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon to ensure that you are getting the proper amount of the treatment in the right area. What Will Deny You of Having Botox
Adults are allowed to get Botox. But if you are underage, age 18, you are not allowed to get Botox. Also, there are other things that will deny you the treatment.
- If you have a urinary tract infection, you are advised not to under a Botox treatment.
- If you have a history of infection at the site of treatment, don’t get Botox.
Although patients can engage in their normal activities immediately after treatment, this doesn’t mean that the treatment is completely risk-free. There are side effects associated with the injections. Among the common side effects associated with Botox are:
- Muscle Stiffness
- Neck pain
- Mild nausea
- Neck weakness
- Flu-like illness
- Decreased eyesight
- Dry mouth