Sunday, July 15, 2018

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is the name given to the toxin that is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This toxin is considered poisonous when used in large amounts. The medical community, however, found a way to put it to good use despite its poisonous nature. They harnessed its paralytic characteristics. The toxin is injected in small and diluted amounts into specific muscles causing controlled weakness.

The FDA approved the use of Botox after it was discovered that the toxin could stop ailments like strabismus and cervical dystonia. Later on, the medical community started using Botox to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases before it got the FDA’s approval for treating frown lines between the eyebrows.

How does Botox work?

The toxin blocks signals from traversing between the nerves and muscles. Once it is injected into a muscle, it can no longer contract which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. This procedure is most often used on forehead lines and frown lines. It is important to note that wrinkles that were caused by sun damage will not respond to Botox treatment.

How is the Botox procedure performed?

The procedure only takes thirty to forty five minutes and no anaesthesia is required. The injection targets specific muscles and you’ll only endure minor discomfort. It takes two to six days before one can see the full effect of the procedure. Most medical practitioners will advise you to avoid alcohol for at least a week before the treatment.

The effects from Botox will last for six months maximum. This means that you will have to go for another procedure once muscle action returns to the area.

Are there side effects of Botox?

There are a few minor side effects to Botox. They include:

  • Temporary bruising
  • Headaches (very rare).

Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Botox. People who suffer from neurological diseases should also avoid Botox. It is important to consult a medical practitioner before undertaking the procedure.

------------------------

Sources

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/158647.php

https://www.allure.com/story/how-botox-affects-your-body

The post How Does Botox Work? appeared first on My VIVAA.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

11 Things Botox Can Do

Botox is famously known to help smooth out wrinkles. It is an FDA approved drug that is considered safe if used in small amounts. Botox is derived from botulinum toxin which is considered to be one of the most deadly toxins known to man. This toxin continuously surprises the medical community for its seemingly endless applications.

The drug is used to treat a host of medical and cosmetic conditions but the drug is not without risks and side effects. Before using Botox, ensure you seek guidance from a licensed and professionally trained medical practitioner. Below we look at some of the uses of this wonder drug.

The uses of Botox

  1. Chronic migraines – in 2010 the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraines. This was after a surgeon in Beverly Hills observed that patients who received Botox injections seldom complained of migraines. The drug was accepted by a few in the medical community though some doctors still question whether the drug works or if it is a placebo effect.
  2. Manage acne – Botox injections limit the oil production in the skin which effectively stops acne breakouts.
  3. Excessive underarm sweating – Botox has been used to limit the sweat glands from being too active which reduces sweating.
  4. Overactive bladder – Botox has been used to curb overactive bladders which makes patients have fewer trips to the toilet.
  5. Tighten jowls – Botox has been used to correct the jaw lines of patients who suffer from jaw related deformities.
  6. Severe neck spasms – in 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox in treating a condition known as cervical dystonia which causes the victim to suffer unbearable neck pains
  7. Crossed eyes – since the 1970’s, Botox has been used to correct Strabismus which affects the position of the eyes.
  8. Get a temporary face-lift – Botox has been used by medical practitioners to give people temporary facelifts. It makes it easier to shape facial features and relax wrinkles around the face.
  9. Get rid of wrinkles around décolleté
  10. Make blowouts last – getting Botox injections around the forehead makes blowouts last as the scalp doesn't sweat.
  11. Mimic a nose job – Botox injections make it easier to shape the tip of the nose.

From all these uses we can see why the medical community is in awe over this wonder drug.

------------------------

Sources

https://www.allure.com/story/other-uses-for-botox

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/medical-uses-botox-have-nothing-do-wrinkles

The post 11 Things Botox Can Do appeared first on My VIVAA.