What Is Botox
Botox is a brand name of a toxin that is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. There are several brand names for botulinum like Xeomin. In larger amounts, this toxin can cause something called Botulism—often associated with food poisoning. One of the most serious complications that arise with botulism is paralysis.
Scientists discovered a way to use this toxin to human advantage. In very small and diluted amounts, it can be injected into specific muscles which causes a controlled weakening of the muscle.
The FDA approved the usage of this in the late 1980’s when scientists discovered that Botox could help with something like blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (lazy eye). Doctors have been using Botox for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases.
In April of 2002, Botox gained FDA approval for treating moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Botox is also used in other areas of the face.
So how does it work? Well, it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles making it so the muscle injected can no longer contract. This makes the wrinkles relax and soften. Botox Doctor Near Me Fairhope AL
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines that are around the eyes) and frown lines. Wrinkles that are caused by sun damage or gravity will not respond to a Botox Treatment.
Getting botox treatment only takes a few minutes and no anesthesia is needed. Botox is injected with a super fine needle into a specific muscle, only minor discomfort is felt. It usually takes 3 to 7 days for the botox treatment to take full effect. Alcohol should be avoided for at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin or any anti-inflammatory meds should not be used two weeks before treatment begins. This will help to reduce bruising. Botox Doctor Near Me Fairhope AL
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