Dubbed as a miracle in a bottle, Botox is a name that almost everyone is familiar with. But, what most people don’t know is that this miraculous age defier is a toxin. Botox is composed of a botulinum toxin that acts to paralyze certain muscles in the body. If not injected with great care, it can prove to be hazardous
As incredulous as it seems, this powerful neurotoxin in highly diluted concentration is effective in erasing fine lines and wrinkles. When injected into specific muscles, the botulinum toxin in the Botox injectable can temporarily relax the muscles in the treatment area and temporarily negate the formation of wrinkles.
Botox received FDA approval in the 1980s when its use to remedy ailments like lazy eye and uncontrolled blinking was established. Since its first use, Botox has been commonly used to treat the early signs of aging.
How the Botox Injectable Works
The Botox injectable works by relaxing active facial muscles to erase visible facial wrinkles. At the muscular level, Botox helps to block specific nerve signals at the site of injection, preventing it from contracting.
Facial muscles are constantly at work. Every action from eating to speaking exercises the facial muscles. These expressions leave behind a faint linear trace that deepens with age. The most common facial lines noticed are frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.
The amount of Botox injected depends on the intensity and depth of the wrinkles. For lines that run deeper, a larger dosage of Botox may be required.
Botox Has Uses Beyond the Reduction of Wrinkles
While Botox is well known as a solution to wrinkles, it is also effective in treating excessive sweating, muscle spasms, tremors, and migraines.
Excessive sweating is an embarrassing condition that many people deal with on a daily basis. Those who are prone to profuse sweating are reluctant to maintain physical contact and feel insecure when stains develop on their clothes.
For patients who deal with these issues, a small dose of Botox when injected into the areas that are prone to sweating a lot offers temporary relief by relaxing the overactive sweat glands. It is important to mention that sweating in the non-injected regions will remain the same.
In the case of migraines, Botox serves as an effective treatment to temporarily relieve you from the associated symptoms, such as nausea and sensory sensitivity. It will not cure the migraine completely, but the relief provided may prove to be substantial.
The final alternative use of Botox is for the treatment of muscle tremors and spasms. Involuntary muscle spasms are triggered by a nerve misfire. Think about the nerve endings as air guns that constantly shoot signals. These signals are received by the nerve endings to create a closed system.
When one such signal is misfired and not caught by another, it manifests as spasms or tremors. Botox can help manage such misfires.
Rejuvenate Your Youthful Look with Botox
As you can see, Botox has a range of uses that can help improve different aspects of your life, but it’s power to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines is unmatched. You can learn more about the Botox injectable treatment with respected cosmetic surgeon Dr. John Porcaro during a consultation. Contact our office to schedule yours today!