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Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In fact, Botox treatments are very popular due to the fact that it can treat health problems including smoothing facial wrinkles and involuntary muscle contractions, among other health problems.
Botox works mainly by paralyzing the muscles of the particular part of the body that it is targeting.
The science behind Botox
Since Botox is made from a bacterium, it is in this way related to a life threatening form of food poisoning called botulism, where it can cause paralysis. Botulinum toxin works in the way that it would attach itself to the nerve endings thus blocking the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions. In this way, the the muscle would not be able to contract as the signals are blocked by the boulinim toxin. In serious cases, this can cause paralysis since the muscle of that body part can’t move, and it can even lead to death.
So if you’re wondering, since this toxin is so lethal, why would anyone want to inject this into their bodies? Simple. If a part of the body can’t move, it can’t wrinkle.
How does Botox work?
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, or damage caused by free radicals. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
Botox works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet to form over time.
Your doctor will inject Botox into the muscles that cause frown lines and crow’s feet lines, temporarily reducing the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines.
What can Botox treat?
Botox, when use in small doses, can be beneficial. Here are some of the conditions that this injection will be able to treat:
Smoothing of facial wrinkles to improve appearance
Cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions)
Furrow lines (frown lines)
Blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking)
Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
Effects of Botox
Botox effects will last anywhere from 3 to 12 months, depending on the part of the body receiving treatment. There is always a risk of adverse side effects related to this procedure, so it is always important to be to be in a safe medical setting in the event of a medical emergency. Common side effects include pain, swelling as well as bruising at the injection site. There could also be flu-like symptoms, headache and also a bad stomach.
There should be no consuming alcohol prior to the injection as this may worsen bruising at the site of the injection. Also those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should no undergo this procedure.
I want to undergo Botox. How can I find a qualified Doctor?
Botox has become one of the most common aesthetics procedure. If you are thinking of Botox treatments, do consider doing it in a safe medical environment, with a medically trained professional.
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