February 14, 2018

Botox®

   

Botox® is a popular cosmetic treatment used to replenish your youthful features and make you feel renewed. Millions of people benefit from such cosmetic treatments every year. Botox® is FDA-approved for moderate to severe wrinkles in adults. Looking great dramatically influences the way we feel about ourselves and the way people interact with us every day. So, men and women worldwide are enjoying the rejuvenating effects of Botox®.

Botox® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of the “11s,” the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following Botox® treatment.

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by physical tenderness and pain throughout the body. When injected directly into fibro tender points, Botox® has been shown to significantly reduce muscle spasms and pain with long-lasting results when compared to other pain management options.

Muscle spasms are involuntary muscle contractions, typically resulting from inflammation, that can cause mild to severe pain.  Botox® injections work to reduce or completely stop muscle spasms by weakening the targeted muscles.

 Trigger points are sensitive areas typically located within tense bands of skeletal muscle. Botox® injections work to relax these muscles by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for communication between nerves and muscles.

There is no definitive explanation as to how Botox® injections help alleviate migraine symptoms, but this is also because scientists still don’t know what it is  that causes migraines and headaches. We do know that Botox® injections have effectively and safely managed migraines in some patients. Botox® inhibits chemicals from affecting nerve endings, making migraines less severe. Botox® injections are added around the head and neck to dull headaches.