BOTOX, the abbreviated name for botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein, the principal use being in cosmetic dermatology. BOTOX is commonly used to treat wrinkles, facial creases and brow lines. In recent years, BOTOX has gained popularity due to the less invasive nature of the treatment, its affordability and the speed of the procedure and results. In addition to this, side effects of BOTOX are temporary as they only last as long as the treatment and can even fade before the effects of treatment fade.
COSMETIC USES OF BOTOX
BOTOX is a popular method used to treat overactive facial and eyelid muscles which can lead to facial twitching. By administering small doses of BOTOX into muscles around the eyelid the muscles become relaxed and contractions are minimised.
The treatment of crow’s feet and horizontal forehead lines using BOTOX continues to grow in popularity and has become one of the most common cosmetic uses of the toxin. Injecting BOTOX into the forehead and close to the orbital rims, these wrinkles are smoothed and in some cases eradicated.
One of the most common cosmetic uses of BOTOX is to correct brow frown lines. By injecting BOTOX into one or more sites in or around the area of creasing, the expression can be eliminated, giving a smoother appearance. BOTOX is also commonly used in brow elevation and lowering. An experienced cosmetic injector like Jade clinic Botox specialists will inject the depressing eyebrow muscles with BOTOX. This will relax the muscles, resulting in a brighter and smoother look. Brow lowering is rectified to give facial symmetry.
Upper Lip Wrinkles
Another prominent cosmetic use for BOTOX is smoothing upper lip wrinkles, which are associated with ageing. Injecting a small dosage of BOTOX at the site of these wrinkles is an effective method of smoothing and eliminating them.
MEDICAL USES OF BOTOX
BOTOX is also commonly used to treat a number of medical conditions. The most common medical use of BOTOX is to treat spastic muscular conditions that cause spasms and twitching. Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy are also treated using BOTOX. BOTOX loosens and relaxes the muscles in spasm and relieves pain and reduces contractions.
Another common medical use for Botox is to treat hyperhidrosis, which is a result of overactive sweat glands. This could occur in a number of areas including the underarms, palms and feet. Injecting BOTOX into sites in these areas blocks the nerve impulses which control the sweat glands, dramatically reducing the level of perspiration.
BOTOX is also frequently used to treat certain forms of incontinence. Overactivity in bladder muscles can cause incontinence of the urge type. By injecting BOTOX into the muscle wall of the bladder, muscle overactivity is reduced, and bladder sensitivity lessened.
Because BOTOX can block the receptors in the brain that register migraine pain, BOTOX is regularly used to treat migraines and tension headaches. Once the treatment has been administered, muscles are relaxed, and tension is relieved.