Botox

Botox is a drug made from botulinum toxin a protein that is considered the most powerful neurotoxin known to man. This is the same toxin that causes the life threatening illness called botulism poisoning. In small doses doctors use it for various cosmetic and medical procedures. The diluted Botox can be injected directly into specific muscles causing controlled weakening or paralyzing. The effects last for three or four months.

USES OF BOTOX

–       It removes facial wrinkles and creases.

–       Used to control severe sweating.

–       Used to treat uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm)

–       Treatment of misaligned or lazy eye (strabismus)

–       Cervical dystonia. This is a disorder that causes severe muscle contractions.

The procedure is fast and requires no anesthesia. The Botox is injected using a fine needle causing only minor discomfort. The full results can be seen within one week. Some side effects can be experienced such as muscle weakness, headaches, flu-like symptoms or even stomach upsets. Injections on the face can cause the eyelids to droop temporarily. It can also cause blurred vision.

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Photo: marin/freedigitalphotos.net

Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should not get Botox treatments. Avoid taking anti inflammatory medications and aspirin for two weeks before the procedure. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol for one week before the treatment. All this is important to avoid bruising.

Before getting Botox treatment, inform the doctor of your medical history and any allergies or serious problems you might have had. Make sure it is done by a qualified medical practitioner.

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