Monday, June 24, 2013

How Botox Treatments Work

Botox treatments are cosmetic surgery procedures that are utilized by injecting the substance into strategic places in a person's face. For the most part, these injections are usually, if not always, injected in this area because this is the region in which a person wishes to appear more attractive and prevent the occurrence of wrinkles and creases.


The source of the substance is actually a neurotoxin and a protein which can have devastating effects when injected irresponsibly or inhaled. The lethal dosage for injections and inhalation differ. It is derived from the bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism in both human beings and animals. Careful and precise extraction of the substance from the bacteria has caused it to be marketed for properties that can be used for various cosmetic and medical procedures. It is important to note that only licensed and qualified doctors are allowed to handle the substance, and licensed pharmaceutical companies are the only ones who should produce Botox.


The primary uses of this substance were initially to treat blepharospasm and strabismus. Both are conditions that affect the eyes, blepharospasm being uncontrollable blinking and strabismus being cross eyed. Apart from condition that affect a person's eyes, the substance was also found to be able to affect the lower esophageal sphincter positively, as well as inhibit excessive sweating in humans. In the case of being able to inhibit sweating, researchers were able to utilize the derivative in a different way as it was initially used for. The fact that it can be used outside of inhibiting muscles is something that amazes researchers. It has also been found to be effective in treating chronic migraines under the right conditions and symptoms.

In cosmetic procedures, Botox was found to be highly effective in immobilizing specific muscles and tissues. This property is very desirable because it means that it can isolate and immobilize those that may cause wrinkles and creases on the face. Specific areas that are often targeted by doctors for injections are around the eyes, the nasal region, and the mouth. These regions are the ones which are commonly used by people in expressing emotion and expression when we communicate, which is why it is fairly easy to understand how these areas may be prone to wrinkling and creasing after a certain age and a specific skin type.

The Botox injection works to stop the body from using the muscle or tissue into which it has been injected. The paralyzing effect of the injection can last anywhere from five to eight months and has no lasting side effects. Many doctors can regulate the use of the substance in such a way that it is healthy and safe for the patient. After the paralyzing effect has worn off, the individual can schedule another injection to have the muscle immobilized again to prevent the occurrence of wrinkles and creases.

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