Botulinum toxin or Botox injection for the treatment of facial wrinkles is one of the most common aesthetic procedures done today. Treatment for forehead wrinkles, crows feet around the eyes and wrinkles over the middle eyebrows gives predictable results with few side effects. This is one of the procedures with the highest amount of patient satisfaction. Botulinum toxin has been used clinically for more than 20 years to treat a variety of medical condition.
Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is commercially available as Botox® or Dysport®. However, these injections are usually known by the public as ‘Botox injections’.
Doctors use it in small doses to treat conditions, including
- Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving your appearance
- Severe sweating under the arm and over the palm of the hands
- Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus – misaligned eyes
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
Wrinkles are part of the ageing process. Wrinkles caused by muscle contraction such as frown lines, forehead lines and crows’ feet, can be improved by Botox treatment. Plastic surgeon uses botox to treat wrinkles on the face and neck and also for treatment of excessive sweating or hyperhydrosis. The injections work by weakening or temporarily paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. The effects last about four to six months, depending on what you are treating and the dose that you use.