What is Botox and what is it used for?

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Botox is used medically to treat some muscular conditions, and cosmetically for reducing wrinkles and rejuvenating the aging face. It is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

The origin of Botox was in 1987, and started to be used therapeutically in 1989, especially for the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm in patients over 12 years old. In 2002 Botox was FDA approved to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Subsequently, cosmetic use of botulinum toxin type has become widespread.

Botox is now used in numerous areas throughout the body:

  • Between the brows: To reduce the look of “frown lines”
  • Crow’s Feet: when people want to reduce the appearance of those noticeable lines on the side of their eyes that may be tiny and just starting to form, or more pronounced after years of sun exposure, or just as part of your genetic predisposition to crow’s feet.
  • Botox can be injected into some specific muscles of the forehead and under and around eyes to create a smoother appearance in each spot, and making the effect of slightly raised eyebrows and a beautiful, flattering arch to your eyebrows.

What is botox?

As we mentioned before, Botox is used medically to treat some muscular conditions, and cosmetically for reducing wrinkles and rejuvenating the aging face.

There are many type of wrinkles but we are going to talk about wrinkle caused by movement and called Dynamic Wrinkles. We have a lot of examples of dynamic wrinkles are crow’s feet around your eyes caused by smiling and squinting, and the lines between your eyebrows caused by frowning and scowling. This process is safe and effective and causes thaw of dynamic wrinkles, resulting in a younger appearance and can promote confidence in yourself.

The botox is made with a neurotoxin that calls botulinum toxin. It’s produced by a bacterium Clostridium botulinum that can be found commonly in the intestinal of mammal and fish and in the gills and organs of crabs and other shellfish. This substance (botox), works with the purpose of preventing temporarily nerve signals from reaching the muscles, relaxing them and preventing them the ability to contract, resulting in a soft appearance.

Clostridium botulinum bacteria injections for Botox Treatment are almost harmless but t’s important to be careful because the bacteria begin producing botulinum toxin, the deadly neurotoxin responsible for botulism.

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What is botox use for?

In the Botox Industry we can find different types of botulinum toxin products with different uses and different brands that deliver different amounts of medication. Your doctor will choose the correct product for you.

Botulinum toxin is used to treat:

  • Crossed eyes(strabismus)
  • Uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm),
  • Muscle stiffness/spasms or movement disorders (such as cervical dystonia, torticollis)
  • Reducing the cosmetic appearance of wrinkles
  • Prevention of headaches in people with very frequent migraines.
  • Overactive bladder by patients who do not respond to or who cannot tolerate the side effects of other medications.

Botulinum toxin is also used for:

  • Achalasia (an issue with the throat that makes swallowing difficult).
  • Anal fissure and anismus (dysfunction of the anal sphincter).
  • Sialorrhea (producing too much saliva).
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
  • Sphincter of oddi (hepatopancreatic) dysfunction (causes abdominal pain).
  • Cerebral Palsy.
  • Oromandibular dystonia (forceful contraction of the jaw, face, and/or tongue).
  • Laryngeal dystonia (forceful contraction of the vocal cords).

How does botox work?

When doctor injects Botox into the patient, this specific substance works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles. When the muscles contract themselves, nerves release a messenger at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors of the muscle cells producing the muscle cells to contract or shorten.

Injected the substance of botulinum toxin revents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. This toxin product causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction, allowing the muscles to become less stiff. It’s advisable that the substance of Botox can be injected into people just in small concentrations.

What is the botox procedure?

The botox procedure is only a few minutes and it is administered by diluting the powder in saline and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue.  No anesthesia is used and it takes 24-72 hours for botulinum toxin to take effect. In very rare circumstances, it may take as long as 5 days but it’s no common.

It’s very important no to use this substance in pregnant or lactating women, or by people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients.

How does botox work

How long the effect of botox lasts?

As we mentioned before, Botox is an injectable medication that may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The duration of effect from Botox varies greatly from one person to another but in general, the effects of Botox usually lasts four to six months after botox treatment. When the Botox is used for medical purposes, it works for a shorter period of time, usually two to three months approximately.

When a person receives a Botox injection, the location of the injection and the amount of Botox that is injected may affect how long it lasts. Other factors can affect the efficacy as well, including your age, the elasticity of your skin and wrinkle dept.

For example, if somebody are using Botox to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, the wrinkles will probably not completely disappear, and the effects will wear off more quickly.

What are the botox results?

You can notice the botox results within 3 or 10 days or even sooner. They tend to last in a lot of people for up during 3 or 4 months. When time passes, the activity of the muscles will return to be normal. In addition, other areas may return to activity over time, depending on the amount of substance injected. It’s interesting to know that botox tends to work fairly well even up to the third month, as a procedure that may last a short time at full strength and then, go away

Results obtained in the injection also depending on the person who is performing the injection on the patient. You probably won’t be surprised to know that nowadays, Botox injections are the most common anti-aging treatment. Injecting neurotoxins into your face may be fairly common – but it certainly isn’t normal and it is potentially deadly.  The sensible approach is to tread the procedure carefully and put your safety and health first, so it is very important to go to a physician experienced in this procedure. The manufacturers of Botox recommend especially the physicians that inject the medication themselves. As with most procedures, the skill of the practitioner is related to how often he or she performs the procedure.

How long the effect of botox lasts

What are the risks and side effects of botox?

When the patient receive the botox injections, he or she will usually lay upright on the exam table for five minutes to make sure he or she feels good after the procedure, and then the patient should avoid lying down for two or four hours. It will be very important for the patient to avoid taking aspirin or related products, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

There are a lot of physicians who encourage patients to either work area many times during the next day. They also encourage patients to not use the affected muscles during a period of time. A lot of practitioners tell the patients not to do anything in particular other than to avoid strenuous activity because they think increased the risk of bruising.

According to the risks, they are very minor with this procedure. Botox Injections are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. In rare cases, an individual may have a genetic predisposition that results in a mild, transient unusual response to the drug. Some of these effects of the Botox include pain at the injection side, inflammation, infection, and swelling, redness, bruising and bleeding. These symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction. Other allergy symptoms are itching, wheezing, asthma, a rash, red welts, dizziness and faintness. Don’t hesitate and tell your doctor immediately if you have any breathing issues or a faint or dizzy feeling. Also, dry mouth, fatigue, headache and neck pain have been reported.

Here you have a detailed description of what is botox, its procedure, what use is for or what are the risks and the side effect. After reading this, if you consider yourself have a good profile, we advise you to carry out this treatment in a specialized clinic in cosmetic surgery, with a qualified doctor and under the proper conditions to avoid the operatory and post-operatory risks. In case you are interest in having a botox treatment or you want to know more about the procedure, you can contact the website of our specialized clinic in plastic and cosmetic surgery, Málaga Plastic Surgery. Do not hesitate in asking any about botox, we will be glad of assisting you.

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