Learn about Botox

Learn about Botox

Pursuing beauty is the lifelong homework for women. There are many different ways or treatment to make yourself beautiful. Some of you accept plastic surgery, but some of you do not. For those who cannot accept plastic surgery, injection of Botox is probably your second choice.

What is Botox? Botox or Botulinum toxin is actually a protein produced by the bacterium named Clostridum botulinum. Some people call it sausage poison as Clostridum botulinum often causes poisoning in prepared meat products. It is originally used for medical purposes like treating muscle spasms. In the recent 10 years, Botox is commonly used for cosmetic purposes. Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002.

The most famous cosmetic effect of Botox is the reduction of nagging facial lines and wrinkles. The injection of Botox can significantly improve the frown lines between the eyebrows. This injection is suitable for people aging from 18 to 65. It is much safer than plastic surgery. But, the effect of Botox is only temporary and it lasts for approximately 4 months. That means you need the injection again after 4 months if you wish to keep the wrinkles away.

Wrinkles are actually caused by muscle contraction. Muscle contraction in turn is triggered by a chemical called acetylcholine. Botox is able to combat fine lines and wrinkles because it disrupts the release of acetylcholine. Generally, around 80% of fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced with Botox injection. But, results still can vary among individuals and there is no absolute guarantee.

Though Botox is safer than plastic surgery, there are some side effects. As Botox weakens your muscles, you may experience discomfort like headache, tiredness and neck pain. For more serious cases, you may have swallowing, speaking or even breathing problems for several months. The spreading of toxin away from the injection site may cause other serious symptoms like loss of strength, double vision, decreased eyesight and drooping eyelids, change or loss of voice and loss of bladder control.

Before your Botox injection, it is very important to inform your doctors about your medical conditions especially about muscle, nerve and breathing condition. You should stop the injection if you have skin infection at the planned injection site. Also, if you are pregnant or likely to be pregnant, you should not do the injection as Botox may harm your baby. If you experience the above symptoms after Botox injection, you need to tell your doctor or get medical help immediately. Further injection of Botox should be discontinued.

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