Botox is a toxin derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botox is most well known for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but has several applications in the medical field. Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment available. Botox works by injecting a small amount of the toxin into the muscle, thereby blocking nerve signals to the muscle and causing paralysis. By inhibiting contraction of the injected muscles, it prevents the skin from creasing and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The botulinum toxin has also been associated with botulism, a life-threatening illness, which occurs when the toxin becomes systemic. The spread of the botox toxin throughout the body has not been associated with the cosmetic use of BOTOX at its labeled dosages. Botox has very small concentrations of the botulinum toxin. The botox toxin is diluted in a saline solution and injected with a small needle. Botox should only be stored for 24 hours as the end results do not last as long when injected after this time. It takes about 24-72 hours for botox to take effect in the muscle. Botox results generally last from four to six months on average. Normal daily activity can be resumed after the injections without downtime, making this procedure very popular.
Botox meaning can also refer to non-cosmetic procedures to treat overactive bladder, migraines, muscle spasms and many more. Botox can cause mild pain, bruising, and swelling at the injection site as the small needle injures the blood vessels and surrounding tissues. To reduce this, it is important to have a qualified and experienced practitioner administer the injection. Some practitioners will also apply ice packs or cool air prior to injection to shrink the blood vessels and keep the swelling at a minimum. For a consultation, please contact Dr. Mowlavi to discuss botox options.
Please appreciate this 38-year-old male 2 months following Botox injection of the forehead and eyebrows.