March 18, 2015
Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum called Botulinum toxin. There are three FDA approved types of botulinum in the US: Botox cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin.
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles which reduces the skin wrinkles caused by motion. More than just a vanity product it is also used in numerous medical conditions. Some of these include: migraine headache, hyperhidrosis, over active bladder, strabismus, post stroke for spastic limbs and many others. More uses are currently being researched.
Botox is approved to treat glabellar or frown lines and crow’s feet. Patients usually see results in 3-5 days and some patients may take up to 7 days to see results. The result is a reduction in the lines that form the ” frown” or “crow’s feet” at the outer eyelids. Patients will need to have repeat injections approximately every three to four months.
Botox is also used in our offices for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is the condition of abnormally increased perspiration. It is associated with significant quality of life burdens and psychological stress. Injections of Botox are used to block the neural control of the sweat glands and the patient experiences a significant reduction in perspiration. Botox is approved by the US FDA for use in the axillary area or underarm sweating. The effects can last for 3-9 months.
Three percent of Botox patients experience eyelid dropping when injected in the frown line region. Other possible side effects included eyelid swelling, dry mouth, pain at injection site, tiredness, headaches, double vision, dry eyes, decreased eyesight and allergic reactions. Please see important safety information regarding all possible side effects. Patients who are pregnant and lactating as well as certain neuromuscular disorders should not receive Botox. Speak with your doctor first.
Schedule a visit and talk to your doctor or provider if you are interested in Botox.
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