Botox: What is It, and Who Needs It?
What Is Botox?
Botox is an injection that works by blocking muscle nerve activity. It is made from bacteria’s toxin hence the name botulinum toxin type A. Originally it was used to treat various medical problems, but has since moved over into the world of cosmetic/aesthetic medicine.
What Problems is Botox Used to Treat?
This injectable solution is used to handle a wide variety of medical and cosmetic issues. Since it acts as a nerve blocker and is a relatively painless procedure to have done, more and more people are turning to this as a solution for their problems, including:
- Crows Feet – The treatment is injected right in the area that the crows feet lines are the deepest and it smooths the appearance of them. The muscles are forced to relax, and this will lessen the appearance of deeper wrinkles.
- Glabellar lines – These are lines that form between your eyebrows and can be frustrating, especially if they’re deep. An injection will help relax the muscle and allow the skin to smooth out any furrows that may have appeared.
- Spasming Eyelids – some people actually have problems with chronic spasm of the eyelids. Very often people who have trouble with the muscles in their eyelids uncontrollably spasming get treatment injections into the muscles where it blocks the nerves that make the muscles spasm in the first place.
- Neck and Shoulder Muscle Spasms – People who have chronic neck and shoulder muscles issues or those that have a trauma-related injury can use this injection to get relief from the constant muscle spasming.
- Excessive Sweating – This condition is one of the first that Botox treatment was tested on. It is injected into the lymph nodes under the arm to block them and help control excessive sweating.
- Urinary Incontinence – The injections are used to treat frequent and the urgent feeling that comes with urinary incontinence. This condition is caused by overactive bladder muscles. A Botox injection can often help by relaxing the overactive bladder.
How Does It Work?
The solution is injected right into the problem area’s muscular tissue. Once it is inserted, you will start seeing results in 24 to 72 hours. This is how long it takes for the Botox to fully take effect and work its way to the neuromuscular junction. The effects usually lasts 4-6 months before you’ll begin to see it losing its effect, and you’ll need another round of injections.
How Can You Get the Treatments?
Botox is a specific treatment that can only be ordered by a medical professional, like Dr. Jarminski. The best way to get a high level of care is to go to see your doctor or dermatologist. They should be licensed, qualified, and registered with the state. You can call make a consultation and ask any questions you may have until you feel comfortable with the treatment.
Botox is an excellent option for people who don’t have the money or recovery time for major medical procedures. Since it is an outpatient procedure, it is relatively inexpensive and very non-invasive to have done. If you choose a medical professional and they do it correctly, the results are worth the few minutes of discomfort you may feel.