What Exactly Does Botox Do?

Woman getting cosmetic injection of botox near eyes

Botox temporarily paralyzes your muscles by blocking specific chemical nerve signals. This makes it effective as a short-term remedy for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is also used to treat several medical conditions, such as chronic migraines and lazy eye.

What is Botox?

As you probably know, Botox is derived from a neurotoxin. A bacterium with the impressive name of Clostridium botulinum produces it. Most people are aware of the relationship between Botox and botulism, a serious form of food poisoning. But medical professionals have approved the extremely small doses of this poison that are applied in various treatments. However, it’s crucial that you choose a reputable professional to administer the injections to minimize the potential for dangerous health effects.

Pharmaceutical companies make Botox from botulinum toxin type A, the bacterium that secretes the poison. It’s an injectable drug that the Food and Drug Administration approved in 2002. So, there’s nearly two decades of data on its commercial and therapeutic use. But clinical trials for Botox started about 30 years ago.

How Does Botox Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles?

Approved professionals receive Botox in powder form. Before injection, saline is added, which further dilutes the toxin. Your doctor then injects the Botox in strategic areas of your face targeting specific muscles to prevent contraction. Anesthesia is not required.

Botox remains in the area where injected, preventing nerve signals from reaching that muscle by blocking nerve synapses. The full effects show up in about three to four days, seven on the outside. Your skin appears smoother, and wrinkles are less noticeable. The effects typically last about three to four months. Some patients see results for up to six months, while others enjoy smoother skin for only about two months.

Over time, repeated injections may have a more permanent impact. After years of use, the Botox trains your muscles to perform more minimal movements. That helps prevent the formation of static wrinkles. Those are the wrinkles that form after many years of smiling, frowning, and making other facial expressions.

What Else Does Botox Do?

Several conditions caused by muscular issues can be treated with Botox injections. Some examples are eye twitching, lazy eye, neck spasms, excessive sweating, and various neurological conditions. Botox is also used to treat loss of bladder control and overactive bladder.

Migraine treatment is another well known use for Botox. This beneficial option was discovered accidentally. Patients who suffered from chronic migraines that were receiving cosmetic Botox injections for wrinkle reduction noticed another effect. They reported relief from their migraines, leading to research and eventual use of Botox for this condition.

Alternatives to Botox for a More Youthful Appearance

While Botox is usually the first drug you think of when considering injections for wrinkles, there are alternatives. Dysport is derived from the same neurotoxin and has similar effects to Botox. Myobloc uses botulinum toxin type B. Its effects are also similar, but they typically don’t last as long as Botox.

Injections aren’t the only wrinkle remedy available, either. Some medical facials can deliver a more youthful appearance. Chemical peels also help minimize some of the signs of aging in your face. LED Light Therapy is an effective treatment, as well that has several beneficial outcomes. NASA developed this therapy for wound closure and healing. It’s a non-invasive therapy that can help regenerate your skin. Learn more about non-invasive alternative Botox therapies from medspa810.

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