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Written By onci on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | 11:53 PM

Facts about Botox 

Botox is the brand name of a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause food poisoning. Despite that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis; scientists have discovered a way to use it to human advantage. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles.

The FDA approved in 1980s to use Botox in treatment of uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye. Doctors are using Botox for years now to treat wrinkles. In April 2002, FDA approved to use Botox for treatment of wrinkles between the eyebrows, and it is often used for other areas of the face as well.

How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

It is most often used on forehead lines, lines around the eye and frown lines. BUT Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes 3 to 7 days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week before the injection. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped 2 weeks before treatment to reduce bruising "bluish coloration around injection site".

How Long Does a Botox Injection Last?
The effects of Botox will last 4 to 6 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
· Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox.

· Headaches, which disappear in 24-48 hours, but this is rare.

· A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. Whish usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the Botox moves around so you shouldn't rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours.

Who Should Not Receive Botox?
· Pregnant women.

· Breastfeeding.

· Or those who have a neurological disease.

 Since Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, a consultation with a doctor is recommended.

Take Care 

Dr: Nada Seliem

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