Has your doctor given a recommendation for Botox injections? Are you nervous or uneasy about what Botox is exactly and what results you may receive from it? Maybe you have heard rumors that it is harmful or even dangerous to your body. By doing your research, you can calm your fears and find out just how effective botox can be. It is commonly used for cosmetic reasons, but medical studies have proven just how effective Botox is for treating chronic issues with pain and muscular conditions.

What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It produces flaccid paralysis by preventing the release of neurotransmitters, resulting in paralyzed muscles. Botox is produced from the same bacterium that causes botulism, a life-threatening illness. While this may sound scary, the amounts that are used for treatment are so small and contained to a certain area that you are not at risk of contracting botulism.

What is Botox Used For?

You may be wondering why people would choose to put “poison” in their bodies. The reason is that the benefits far outweigh the minor risks. Botox has been found to be extremely effective in treating chronic migraine headaches, muscular issues, bowel and bladder disorders. It can treat muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, and excessive sweating. Botox has also proven itself beneficial to recovery for stroke patients and spinal cord injuries or disorders. People with irregular eye movements have been treated with botox to paralyze the stronger eye to allow the weaker eye to strengthen.

As a cosmetic treatment, Botox has proven to not only reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles but actually prevent future wrinkles from occurring. By relaxing the underlying muscles of the face and neck, it prevents the repetitive movements that caused the wrinkles in the first place. In a very short time, you will notice your skin has a much smoother appearance. The effects can last up to four months before another set of injections.

How is Botox Administered?

Botox comes in powder form and is diluted with saline in order to inject it. The needle is inserted through the dermis and into the underlying muscle. After it is administered, it tells the nerves to ignore any messages to contract or use that muscle. Botox will not spread throughout the body when injected correctly by a professional. If administered incorrectly, it can cause side effects including botulism-like symptoms, muscle weakness, breathing difficulty, ineffective speaking or swallowing, bladder control problems, and vision issues. This is why you want to make sure to see a professional that you trust and know is experienced and knowledgeable.

The board-certified plastic surgeons at New Image Plastic Surgery strive to provide superior results in a warm and inviting practice for every one of their patients. Set up a consultation with Dr. Brostrom or Dr. Homas today to receive more information on Botox injections and have all your questions answered.

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