Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.Botox is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year.
5 uses of Botox:
“Botox is a purified neurotoxin that works by paralyzing muscles. Wrinkles form due to hyperactive/repetitive facial muscles. Over time, these wrinkles become deeper as the muscles continue to distort the overlying skin in a certain pattern. By administering Botox, the offending muscles are weakened/paralyzed and the overlying skin is allowed to relax.”
–Dr Naveen shetty a Plano Plastic Surgeon
“Botox injections for headaches are commonly administered by doctors and plastic surgeons as a viable treatment option. Plastic surgeons inject Botox primarily into the forehead to relieve pain and tension. Some physicians will also inject it into the neck and shoulders. The botulinum toxin (generic Botox) is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system.”
— Dr Kris Reddy, a West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
“Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, can be alleviated with Botox. Therapeutic injections directly into the affected skin. They temporarily block the sweat glands which are responsible for excessive perspiration. These injections are typically done in a single treatment session and can provide months of relief.”
— Dr Mitchell Schwartz, a South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
On August 24, 2011 the FDA approved the use of Botox for treating overactive bladders of people with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.
“The new method allows a physician to inject Botox into a patient’s bladder, where it relaxes the muscles and allows more urine to be stored. Clinical studies showed such injections could decrease episodes of urinary incontinence for a period of nine months.”
–The Chemical Business News base
5. Crossed Eyes
Botulinum toxin has been around since the 1960s and was first injected into a human in 1980, but it wasn’t administered for wrinkle treatment. Instead it was used to treat crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. Botox is still used for these ailments to this day.
Spasms, tension headaches, and wrinkles are all brought about by the same driving force: the muscle.
Information gathered from various sources.