Everything you need to know about Botox injections

What is Botox?

BOTOX is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause a form of muscle paralysis known as botulism, which is usually associated with food poisoning. Even though one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis, scientists have discovered a way to use it to human advantage. Small, diluted (weakened) amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles, causing controlled relaxation of the muscles.

The FDA approved such usage in the late 1980s when it was discovered that BOTOX could stop ailments such as blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (lazy eye). Cosmetic physicians have been using BOTOX for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. BOTOX is approved for treatment of frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and axillary hyperhidrosis (increased sweating of the armpits).


Botox is currently approved for the following therapeutic applications:

Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids).

Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms).

Chronic migraine.

Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Strabismus (crossed eyes).

Post-stroke upper limb spasticity.

Detrusor (bladder wall muscle) overactivity – causing urinary incontinence.

Overactive bladder.

Hemifacial spasm.

Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows).

Canthal lines (crow’s feet).



Are the Botox injection safe?

Botox is a relatively safe treatment, but it should always be undertaken by a qualified medical professional to ensure that you are getting the correct amount in the right area.

Visiting someone without the correct qualifications and experience could lead to asymmetrical results, muscle drooping, frozen expressions as well as various other dangerous consequences.


How long is the duration of the Botox effect?

How long Botox lasts will be different for everyone. It also depends on the areas treated, and how many units were injected. On average, most Botox treatments last between foure and six months.


What’s the Ideal Age to Start Using Botox?

You can use Botox from puberty. The role of Botox prevention is very good. Botox can be used at any age when the lines appear.


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