What is Botox?

Botox, also known as neuromodulator, is a cosmetic treatment doctors have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It is the term heard most often because it was the first injectable Botulinum toxin.

What is Botox Used For?

Botox is most commonly used for face wrinkles, chronic migraines, Hyperhidrosis (Severe underarm sweating), Cervical Dystonia (Neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms), Blepharospasm (Uncontrolled blinking), Strabismus (Eyes that point in different directions), and overactive bladder.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract, and it causes wrinkles to relax and soften. The procedure is typically administered by a specialized medically trained professional and takes only a few minutes to perform.

Administration of Botox is a minimally invasive procedure, therefore no anesthesia is required. It takes approximately seven to fourteen days for Botox to take full effect. It is advised to avoid alcohol at least one week before treatment. Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications at least two weeks prior to Botox administration. The effects of this cosmetic treatment lasts anywhere between three to six months.

Are There Side Effects Associated with Using Botox?

While rare, there have been documented cases of temporary side effects with the administration of Botox. The most common temporary side effect is bruising and headaches, though these usually subside within the first twenty four hours. Other less common side effects might include mild pain or swelling in the injection site, upset stomach, and numbness.

If any of these temporary side effects persist for more than twenty four to forty eight hours, contact your primary care doctor or a medical professional.

Individuals that are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any neurological diseases should not use Botox and are advised to seek a medical professional's consultation before deciding to utilize this cosmetic treatment.

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