Botox is driven from C. botulinum bacteria and spores. Naturally found C. botulinum bacteria does no harm, but its spores make when their cells populate. During that spore transformation, these bacteria produce Botulinum toxin. It’s a terrible neurotoxin whose 1 gram of crystalline form could take life of 1 million people.
As diamond cut diamond, this neurotoxin kills many diseases. A very small dose of this toxin is used for therapeutic purposes, such as treating nerve disorders. Today, it has become a part of aesthetic medicine.
There are many products available in the market, selling this Botox under different names, such as onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox), abobotulinumtoxin A (Dysport), incobotulinumtoxin A (Xeomin), rimabotulinumtoxin B (Myobloc) and prabotulinumtoxin A (Jeuveau).
As it’s a neurotoxin, it is capable of targeting the nervous system. The neurosurgeons block nerve signaling process with it, ordering the brain to contract muscle. This is how the muscle temporarily stops working. It appears as the paralysis of muscle.
What is it used for?
As it has a therapeutic effect, medicine professionals use it for cosmetic as well as medical reasons.
Basically, this incredible toxin helps in reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. The aesthetic doctors using Botox in Coolangatta have witnessed its magnificence in making fine lines softer and skin smoother. The results last for 3 to 12 months and then, it gradually breaks down inside of the skin.
Mostly, doctors recommend this injectable for the facelift, treating creases and folds
- between the eyebrows, which are known as frown lines
- around eyes, which are crow’s feet
- in the forehead
- at the corners of the mouth
- on the chin
Various skin specialists use it for improving dark circles under eyes, which is not clinically proven yet.
Healthcare professionals treat various medical conditions with it because of its capability to affect the neuromuscular system.
Clinically, it is ideal for the patients above 18 who suffer from:
- upper limb spasticity or stiff muscle
- crossed eyes of those older than 12 years
- severe underarm sweating
- migraine lasting for at least 4 hours on 15 or more days per month
- the signs of an overactive bladder due to a neurological condition if anticholinergic medications fail to show improvement
- eyelid spasms because of dystonia
- a neurological movement disorder called cervical dystonia
There are certain unapproved uses of it also, which are meant for improving the condition of
- dyshidrotic eczema
- anismus, a dysfunction of the anal muscle
- post-herpetic neuralgia
- pain and discomfort in the vagina without a clear cause
- Raynaud’s disease, which affects circulation
- Difficulty in swallowing
- facial redness and flushing during menopause
- keloids and scars from wound healing
- hidradenitis suppurativa, an inflammatory skin disease
- blistering lesions due to Hailey-Hailey disease
Why is it not used for?
Simply put, the risks and side effects differ person to person, which make it difficult to go for Botox treatment. A skin specialist who has a hands-on experience in it can better suggest you on whether to go for it or its alternative.
The most common side effects associated with it are:
- dry eyes
- an upset stomach
- a headache
- urinary problems
- cardiovascular problems
- temporary eyelid drooping
- neuromuscular disorders get worse
- double vision after treatment for strabismus
- mild pain, swelling, or bruising around the treated area
- temporary unwanted weakness or paralysis in nearby muscles
The experienced practitioners completely avoid it on the patients who are highly sensitive or prone to allergic reactions and infections. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid it completely.
Sometimes, this injection may extend beyond the injected area and spread in and around. It may end up in showing dangerous signs of difficulty in breathing.
In a few cases, those who have received this injection fail to produce antibodies to the toxin. It may lead to no signs of improvement through subsequent treatments.
There is another case when the patient’s body itself starts producing antibodies to eliminate the effect of this Botulinum toxin. As a result, the beauty goals remain unachieved.
This neurotoxin is irreversible. Some Botox treatments don’t result in a desirable look. But, doctors cannot do anything in that case, except to wait so that it can dissolve naturally over time, possibly in 3 to 12 months.