Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It's the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism.Botox combats wrinkles that are created when nerve cells within the muscles beneath the skin release a chemical called acetylcholine.Acetylcholine release is disrupted by botox, which essentially paralyzes the muscle and stops the contraction.Results from Botox injections can last up to 4 months

The problems that are treated by botox are

▣ Temporary removal of facial wrinkles
▣ Severe underarm sweating
▣ Cervical dystonia - a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
▣ Blepharospasm - uncontrollable blinking
▣ Strabismus - misaligned eyes


The procedure takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required.The selection of injection points is critical to the success of the procedure. The points of injection are first scored with a marking pencil. The doctor may select numerous injection points for each location to be treated.Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment

Side effects of Botox include headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms and redness and pain at the injection points. Infrequently, patients may experience muscle weakness or drooping of the upper eyelid muscles. Side effect may resolves itself within days, in few cases months after the procedure.


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