Botox is a prescription drug made from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium that is used to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. It’s injected into the skin to treat a variety of health problems, including excessive sweating, neck and shoulder spasms, overactive bladder, uncontrollable blinking, and lazy or crossed eyes. It is also effective in treating chronic migraines in some individuals.
Botox has been closely associated with cosmetic procedures for years, as it has been proven to reduce facial wrinkles and creases. It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is most useful in treating forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines.
Administering Botox injections takes just a few minutes, and doesn’t require anesthesia. A numbing medication or cream can be applied to the skin beforehand, if a patient is worried about discomfort. The doctor will use a thin needle to inject a small dose of Botox into the skin or specific muscles. Results usually take a few days to appear, and will last anywhere from three to 12 months. Maintenance injections are needed if patients wish to continue treatment beyond the initial dose.
Botox Side Effects
Some temporary bruising at the injection site is common, but beyond that, side effects are rare. They may include headaches, drooping eyelids and a crooked smile. In rare cases the botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause problems. Muscle weakness, vision problems, trouble speaking or swallowing, breathing difficulties or loss of bladder control are signs of this condition; a medical professional should be contacted right away,
Botox can be dangerous if administered improperly, so be sure to choose a skilled and certified doctor who is experienced with Botox injections.
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