All You Should Know About Botox

All You Should Know About Botox
BY : Dr. Satish Titoria

Botox is a drug which weakens or paralyzes the muscles. In small doses, it can reduce wrinkles formed on the skin and treat some medical conditions. Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

What is Botox used for?

When  Botox is used in small dosages by doctors correctly, it can offer multiple benefits. This toxin has cosmetic as well as medical uses.

As a cosmetic treatment, Botox injections can reduce the appearance of skin wrinkles.

What is Botox made of?

In terms of composition, manufacturers prepare Botox injections with very small doses of the toxin. They temporarily paralyze the muscles which can benefit people with various muscle or nerve disorders.

In addition, the chief use of Botox is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. The effects are temporary and last up to 3–12 months, depending on the type of treatment.

Following are the most common indications:

1. wrinkles between the eyebrows, called frown lines
2. wrinkles around the eyes, or crow’s feet
3  horizontal lines in the forehead
lines at the corners of the mouth
“cobblestone” skin on the chin

Application of Botox

In the context of application, healthcare professionals also use Botox to treat a variety of neuromuscular conditions like upper limb spasticity, strabismus, hyperhidrosis, migraine, etc.

Botulinum toxin is used by clinicians to dilute the powder in saline and further injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue.

It takes 1-3 days for the toxin to show results. At times, it takes as long as 5 days for the full effects to show. These effects may last 3–12 months.

Who should not use Botox

People should avoid it during pregnancy or breastfeeding and if they ever had an allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients.

Price of Botox

The cost of Botox depends on the number of units being used. It is essential to make sure that the highly experienced, trained and qualified professional is selected for treatment.

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