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What is Botox Cosmetic?

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Botox is a protein produced by a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which can relax muscles. It’s been used for years by opthalmologists to improve certain muscle-related eye conditions. It’s also used for the treatment of cervical dystonia, a disorder characterized by severe muscle contractions in the neck and shoulder.
What is Botox Cosmetic injection treated for?

Botox is available only by prescription and is currently approved for 6 different medical conditions and 1 cosmetic condition.

Six Medical Conditions:

Excessive underarm sweating:

Medically known as severe axillary hyperhidrosis, Botox can be used to control this often embarrassing and troublesome condition. A series of shots are administered beneath the arm which, in effect, paralyzes the nerves which trigger armpit sweat production. The results, however, are only temporary, and the procedure must be continually repeated for lasting effects.

Crossed eye or lazy eye:

Medically known as “strabismus” and defined as a condition where both eyes are not looking in the same direction. It is the result of poor muscle control and often manifests itself at an early age. Botox is only indicated to treat this condition in those who are 12 years old or older. Botox is just one of several ways to treat this condition.

Muscle Spasms in the Neck or Shoulder:

Also known as cervical dystonia, or spasmodic torticollis. This condition results in patterns of involuntary movement of the head and neck. Most often the cause is unknown. It is slightly more common in females than males, and typically begins to manifest itself between the ages of 50-69. Treatment with Botox involves several injections into the neck muscles while in a doctor’s office. The effects last typically about 3-4 months, after which they would need to be repeated.

Muscle Stiffness in Arms and Hands:

This is called “upper limb spasticity.” This condition can sometimes develop after a stroke, traumatic brain injury or due to multiple sclerosis. The FDA approval for Botox to treat upper limb spasticity was first announced in March 2010.

Twitching around the eye:

Clinically identified by the name “blepharosmpasm” this condition causes uncontrolled blinking and closing of the eyes, sometimes leading to a functional blindness. The cause is usually unknown, but may be due to medications or withdrawal from certain drugs. Botox treatment for this condition is effective in about 90% of all cases, and the results last for 3-4 months.

Chronic Migraine Prevention:

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Botox can alleviate migraine pain

For individuals with chronic migraines that are not otherwise controlled with medications, Botox is now approved for the prevention of chronic migraines. Earlier studies showed virtually no benefit when compared to placebo but studies conducted in North America and Europe, and subsequently published in the March 2010 edition of Cephalon, seemed to indicate that an effective use of Botox for chronic migraines has been found. Botox is only approved for truly chronic migraines, which effect patients on 15 or more days per month.

Cosmetic Condition:

Treatment of Frown Lines: In addition to the six medical conditions listed above, Botox is also available for one cosmetic indication: wrinkles. This product is specifically known as Botox Cosmetic. It is approved to reduce the severity of “frown lines” between the eyebrows in people 18-65 years of age. To remain effective, treatments must be repeated every 3-4 months indefinitely. The injections are administered in a doctor’s office, and the procedure is generally done within about 10 minutes.
Below is a partial review of side effects that have been reported
Botox is a safe and effective treatment when used in accordance with FDA-approved procedures. Any side effects are generally minor, if they occur at all. When side effects do occur, they’re usually the result of over-treatment. If used in excess, Botox may immobilize too much of your face or areas of your face you don’t want immobilized, such as your lips.

The medical doctor will discuss all the possible complications that may arise from treatment. Some of the possible side effects include but not limited to be: nausea, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, facial pain, heartburn, indigestion, tooth problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), dry mouth, soreness or bleeding at the site of injection and sore throat. Some side effects may indicate an allergic reaction such as rash or hives, swelling and difficulty in breathing. As your face ages, you may find that it develops both fine lines and deep creases, caused by pollution, sun exposure, and loss of elasticity in your skin.