A comprehensive guide on BOTOX

Article is an overview of Botox, which shows its mechanism of action, cosmetic uses, medical uses, precautions and side effects.

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BOTOX is a very common word heard in cosmetics treatments. It’s very effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines for a temporary period. 

Botox is basically a toxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This chemical works by paralyzing or weakening the muscles in the area where it is intended to work.

Mechanism of action 

Botox is usually a neuro muscular blocking agent and works by paralyzing specific muscles and restricting their movement for temporary periods of time. 

Botox is injected in very small amounts at the site of action, where muscle is temporarily paralyzed, which in turn helps in reducing wrinkles. 

Cosmetic Uses

It is used in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a temporary period in some prominent areas like forehead, between eyebrows, eye corners, chin, neck and nose. 

The procedure involves injecting a small amount in the target muscles, with the help of a fine needle.

The medical history of a patient is assessed before the treatment.

The results will be visible in a week’s time and may last up to 3 to 6 months.

Medical Uses 

Botox mechanism of action is temporarily paralyzing targeted muscles and restricting its movement. Based on this mechanism of action, botox is used for various medical uses like:

  • Treatment of chronic migraine. 
  • Excessive sweating in underarms and other areas. 
  • To relax overactive urinary bladder, to reduce the frequency of urination
  • To relieve neck pain caused due to involuntary contraction of neck muscles in cerebral dystonia
  • To relieve muscle stiffness related to cerebral palsy
  • Treatment of Blepharospasm 
  • Treatment of vocal cord spasm 
  • Relief of pelvic pain by relaxing pelvic muscles 

Precautions/Side effects

  • Botox is usually safe and well tolerated, but the procedure must be conducted by a professional qualified health professional at an authorized and maintained facility only
  • Patients should avoid rubbing the area where botox is applied, to prevent the spread of botox in unintended areas
  • Some patients can experience discomfort, swelling and pain in injection sites
  • Some people can show allergic reactions 

Overall botox shows its wide applicability in various cosmetics and medical use and is very safe and well tolerated. 

It is important that the botox treatment be done by a qualified medical professional only in a suitable clinical setting. 

Patients shall disclose their previous medical history or any allergic reaction history to the medical professional on starting the procedure, to avoid any complications during and after treatment. 

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