Botox is the short form of a neurotoxin protein known as botulinum toxin, produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. When Botox is ingested in large quantities it causes a rare paralytic condition called botulism which is often linked to food poisoning. However, this protein is widely used in cosmetics for treatment of moderate to serious cases of brow furrows or glabellar lines, wrinkles, lazy eye, facial creases and uncontrolled blinking.
The procedures involve using small amounts of a diluted botulium toxin to control the weakening of muscles. Botox is also necessary for treating cervical dystonia, excessive sweating, writer’s cramp, esophageal complications (achalasia), chronic pain, migraine headaches, and neuropathy. People with overactive bladders can also benefit from Botox. If it is administered to the bladder, it tackles urinary urgency and eliminates its symptoms. Men with prostate complications can also benefit from Botox by having it directly injected into the prostate.
How It Works
Botox works in such a way that it relaxes the contracting muscles by blocking the nerve impulses. The results are that it tones the muscles so that they no longer contract, and keeps the wrinkles at bay. After using Botox, it takes 2 to 4 days for one to realise the cosmetic results, which can last for 4 to 6 months. Although most patients may want to get treatment immediately as the wrinkles reappear, it is important to note that the second treatment is rarely as severe as the first one because Botox will have trained the muscles to relax.
The procedure of administering Botox does not involve anaesthesia and takes just a few minutes to get done. One can begin by injecting the protein into the muscle using a fine sterile needle to minimise discomfort. During this administration, patients are forewarned against using alcoholic substances for about a week prior to the Botox injection administration. This is basically to minimise cases of bruises. It is also necessary to keep away substances containing aspirin and other anti-inflammatory treatments two weeks before the start of Botox administration.
Dosages may vary from one individual to the other as is evident in men and women, whereby men require higher dosages than women. In other cases, the results may also differ from one age group to the other. This is because people at the age of 30 who had little exposure to sunlight may develop aging signs on their faces and temple. They will also have tresses of bulging eyelids and crow feet. It is believed that when one attains the age of 40, the face starts losing its original shape and the cheeks lose fats thus welcoming the laugh lines.
In this case, when the cheeks get deflated in the late 40’s and the jowls begin to sag, using Botox along with minimal lifting measures can help reverse these conditions.